Sunday, August 21, 2011

Be Bold! Make a Change!

The following is a daily devotional written by Joyce Meyer. She nails it as far as how the actions of a mother, whether it be fear based or based in an attitude of boldness can be strongly conveyed to the lives of our children. What we do sends shockwaves into the atmosphere of our children’s hearts and minds.

Stepping into the Unknown
by Joyce Meyer - posted August 21, 2011

And I said to you, You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God gives us. Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has said to you. Fear not, neither be dismayed.
—Deuteronomy 1:20-21
Parents, teachers, and other role models can teach children how to fear or they can teach them to be bold. A mother who is fearful herself will transmit that fear to her children. She will be overly cautious about many things, and a silent fear sinks into the heart of her children. We should not teach our children to live recklessly, but we should teach them to be bold, take action, and to never be so afraid of making mistakes that they won't try things. I believe we should teach our children and those under our authority to take chances in life. If we never take a chance, we will never make progress. Progress always requires stepping into the unknown. Experience gives us confidence, but we never get experience unless we step out and try things we have not tried before.
I encourage you to teach others by word and example how to be bold and courageous. Tell people to try things, reminding them that making a mistake is not the worst thing that can happen.
Lord, help me both in word and deed to show others to be bold and courageous. I will gladly follow You into the unknown. Amen.

It’s time to stand up and make BOLD decisions in your own life so that you might be happier and so that your children can learn from your courageous character! Step out into the unknown! Step out in faith! Step out and do that thing you have always wanted to do but have been too afraid of failure. Tell yourself that you are full of courage! Now go out…be audacious…live a life worth living!

Speak volumes with your actions…in the words of a mother.

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