From a young age I was capable of being bold. I did however mistake as a youngster, true boldness with just plain bossiness with my sisters. I learned over the years that being bold is not always accepted well by those around you, who feel overwhelmed by your boldness. Somewhere along the line I came to believe that if any action on my part caused those around me to be uncomfortable enough that they *might* walk away from the Lord then that said action must absolutely stop immediately. That statement is a very exhausting, defeating and plainly impossible to achieve.
And every time I felt guilt for not achieving it.
Where did this all stem from? A portion of text from 1 Corinthians 8:9 “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” Go ahead and look it up. This passage of scripture is about eating meat that had be sacrificed to idols! It has nothing to do with exercising a boldness in spirit!
If fact in Joshua 1:9 you can read, ” 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.”
So, today I am going to live my life with boldness. True boldness that is defined as “the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger;” I don’t know how that will look today, but I will act with boldness, encourage those around me to be bold and love an amazing, awesome bold God.