BOLDNESS in ACTION / /
- jess robinson -
Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Over the past few months, God has been taking me through a very uncomfortable season. Everything He has asked me to do has been out of my ordinary or normal practices. We are talking like calling me to leave the church I have loved for 2 years. It feels like stretching, but not in a relaxing and releasing way, more of a yoga-class-that’s-ten-levels-above-your-skill type of uncomfortable. But, in all of this, He is still good. He is still reaching down to me in love and holding my hand, gently dealing with me in my failings, and guiding me to a deeper and bolder love for Him and others.
Can I be honest? My humanness is terribly nervous to speak in front of you in a few weeks. I am me. I feel so unworthy to be the one God gives words to. He is bringing about this confidence through humility in me that, if you knew me, you would agree the confidence piece has always been there. He is showing me that the bulldog side of my personality is useful for Him, because He calls us to boldness, sometimes He calls us to stand and fight. He has created me to do this very thing. Obviously, I can’t be out here walking around fighting everyone and everything, but He is guiding me in the ways I can fight for racial reconciliation, for mental health awareness, for women. He uses the reflective, tender side of me to counsel others, sit with them in their hurt and anger, and to give empathy and compassion beyond my human ability. These things are not me. They are only God.
The thing is, God wants to do this for you too. I believe that God has given each of us gifts. Gifts He can use to speak to others, love others well, and ultimately draw others to Himself.
How can He use you? How are you supposed to figure that out? I’ve got some key things that have worked for me and I’d love nothing more than to share! (These may or may not make it into my workshop at CROWNS conference, so you’ll be a step ahead!)
Figure out your personality type //
Unless you have been hiding from the world, you have heard of the Myers-Briggs Personality typing. I am an ENTJ (bulldog) and I was a little less than thrilled to read about this type, let alone BE this type. I had to do some praying and reconciling with God about the fact that He had made me this way. My counselor, being the sound and non-bias individual that she is, 100% agreed with this assessment. I decided to learn what the ENTJ type had to teach me. A little less known, but gaining notoriety, is the Enneagram Personality type. In regards to this, I am a 4 or The Individualist. This type is incredibly emotionally deep and reflective. My best friend Emily, who is definitely not anything close to a 4, is regularly saying my thoughts are #toodeep. Since discovering this enneagram type, I have felt like I have been able to see more full the beauty of the creations of God. This has allowed me to be more in tune with creativity and His creation, thus spurring my love for others as exquisite creations by our Father.
Seek wise counsel //
Dear sweet women, I can not stress this enough. You have wise people available to you. These people know you, so they aren’t just throwing out random wisdom that could fit any person. This may be a counselor that you see. It could be that woman from church whose kids you watch and has gotten to know you over the years. It could be your friend. Don’t limit who you see as wise. Pray and ask God for this. He certainly over-delivered wise people to me. I have a friend, Amber, who is very similar to me and relates to all of my deep feels and thoughts. She provides a counsel not many others can. I previously mentioned my counselor, Kim. She has known me over two years now. I don’t see her regularly like I did in the beginning, because we’ve worked through a lot of the mess and hurt I carried into the first visit, but let me tell you something, she is worth her weight in diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. She is the one who tells me hard things. She is the one who says things I don’t like only for me to realize God was speaking through her in that moment. So, get on your face and ask God who He would have give you wise counsel. That’s the best (and wisest) way to get this little piece figured out.
Submit yourself to what God is saying in your season //
So, I get it. Not everyone is in this uncomfortable season right now. You might be on top of the mountain and rejoicing with each breath might come easier for you. Do that, do it with everything you have. Don’t stop. You might have just made it into a valley season and feel lost. Listen for Him. He is there. Your heavy heart is not too heavy for God. Be bold, look to Him in this uncomfortable time and He will graciously deal with you just like He does when you’re on top of the mountain. No matter the season, God is calling us to boldness in our love, in our seeking of Him, in our faith in Him.
I pray that these tips will be useful to you. I heard a sermon this week that focused on the church being a place of holistic healing for the community. As Christians, as church members, you have access to some people and opportunities that others do not. So, use them. Seriously. The boldness you exhibit by seeking God in this way is a blessing to witness and a blessing to experience. I promise you that. Take the verse from 1 Corinthians and memorize it, write it on a sticky note and put it on your mirror. You ARE a fierce, strong, courageous daughter of the Most High King and I can not wait to hear what God is doing in your season. See you in a few weeks!!