Daily Delight

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I am the biggest scaredy cat I know. I am anxious and fearful of everything, from serious to silly things; I worry over every single detail of my life, and always think of 100 things that could go wrong instead of focusing on what could go right. This everyday anxiety snowballed into a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder last year. The worry, fear, and anxious thoughts that I had always carried with me now had encompassed my entire life.

There is nothing about me that is brave or courageous. In fact, quite the opposite.

Then Jesus comes in. And, like He always does, flips everything I knew about being brave on its head.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

We are commanded to be strong, courageous, and brave. I, despite my fear and worry and anxious thoughts, am called to be brave. But how? I cannot be brave on my own. I can’t make myself brave. I have tried, but there isn’t a lick of bravery in my bones. It’s all fear.

But Jesus makes me brave. With the Spirit in me, and Jesus beside me, I can be brave. I have to be. 
Without Jesus, I live life in fear and worry about what tomorrow brings. Ladies, hear me: He didn’t make us to live life like that.

He made you brave, too.

He calls all of us to bravery-- whether it’s in our everyday lives, or in a specific situation in our lives- with Jesus, we are made to be brave and to live our lives bravely.  God makes us brave, and calls us to be brave despite what fear tells us to feel or think. Even when life is scary difficult and we don’t know the next turn-HE does. And HE is in us, helping us to choose the next brave step, instead of cowering in fear.

In Let’s All Be Brave, Annie Downs’ wonderful book about bravery, Annie reminds us, God made you on purpose, and God made you to be brave. I never thought that God made me, this anxious girl who’s scared of her own shadow, to be brave. But He did. With Him by my side, I am learning what it means to choose bravery in my everyday life- and how to live bravely when I am living in fear. He didn’t make me to live a life of fear and anxiety; He made me to live a life full of bold, beautiful, scary things. I have to be brave enough to choose and follow them.

God didn’t create his daughters to live life in fear, or in boredom, or in worry. He created us to be brave. With Him by our side, we are brave- we just have to choose bravery instead of whatever lie the world is trying to whisper in our ear. May we choose to find the bravery God has put in us, instead of living in the fear the world puts in our lives. May we be brave and bold in the choices we make, and always see that God is with us in our bravery, even if it scares us. Let’s give up fear, and give in to bravery. It’s worth the risk.

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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