Wake Up and Live Courageously


Are you living courageously, boldly? Or are you hiding in the corner of your life, hoping those vultures circling overhead will move on, peeling away those cold shadows they’ve covered you in?

What vultures?

Fear, doubt, shame, anger, regret…calling.

Wait a minute. How did “calling” get in there?

Perhaps that’s what terrifies you the most and is keeping you cowering in the corner with your face buried against the wall, your hands over your ears. Perhaps you can live with a little fear or regret but God’s calling on your life is daunting, terrifying, and brings about some serious panic attacks while you’re hunkering down, praying for this calling to pass and land on someone else.

But don’t you know your calling is where God wants you to shine?  Your calling is what you were born for, what He created you to do, and where you will live with unspeakable joy.

God has matched your life with your calling. All of your past experiences and your current struggles are about to collide with the future God has planned for you.  Perhaps it will cause such a shockwave, such a shaking, that it will be felt clear across the world.

Sound a little scary?

Don’t worry, my friend. God is with you.  You know He promised He will never leave you, and He never breaks a promise.  Never.  He is the solid core of your calling.

But maybe you’re looking back and seeing all the things you tried to do and failed: that college class you took and dropped, the job you quit after a month, the new bowling league or softball team. Maybe you’re even looking back at the way you worked so hard to plant a garden a few summers ago only to find little critters chewing the vines of your cantaloupes and testing every strawberry.  Perhaps you wondered, “Why can’t I do this?  Everyone else can.  I tried so hard.”

Why?  Because God doesn’t want you to be like everyone else. He wants you to be like His Son, Jesus:  obedient.  And that means obedient to your calling.

You see, your calling isn’t something you try just because everyone else is doing it or something you believe in because your neighbor’s brother’s nephew’s wife thinks you’d be good at it. And it’s not some vulture waiting to strike and pick you apart, leaving you shredded and desperate to return to the safety of your corner.

That would be the enemy trying to scare you off. Satan would rather see you trembling in the corner than living out God’s calling for your life and shining for Him. Remember, your calling could possibly shake the world.

So what exactly is your calling?

Your calling is God’s hand working in your life through your past and present and reaching out to you as He whispers, “This way.  Come see what I have for you.”

It’s time to take His hand. It’s time to wake up to your calling and live courageously.  And it’s time to wake up the world.

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

“He created each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” (Ephesians 2:10 MSG.)

“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1 NIV.)

13 thoughts on “Wake Up and Live Courageously

  1. Yes. YES. My word for 2018 is courage because I after much prayer I realized I wasn’t living boldly for Jesus. In 2018, I want to live fearlessly for Christ and I want to live my calling out for the Lord. Loved the post!!

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    1. “Courage” is your word and God gave me “bold.” Do you think He’s trying to tell us something? 😉 I’m excited to see how God is going to use you to live courageously, fearlessly in 2018! May we both step forward in obedience in our callings. God bless you, Krystal. (And if I might add…go get ’em!! I’ll be cheering, and praying, for you!!)

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  2. Once again you have spoken to my heart ( you usually do ). This time with insight from my passed and into what God has in store for my future.
    Keep writing my friend. I’m not the only one to think it’s in God’s plan 😍🎶

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    1. Thank you SO much! I have to tell you, you brought tears to my eyes. I pray I’m doing God’s will and sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged. Your kind words really just lifted me up! Thank you and God bless you my friend! 🙂


  3. Oh dear Joey – the timing of this is amazing – I have been called to volunteer on a farm which services/supports women with addictions – at first, I couldn’t believe that I would be called to a farm – I am a city girl – and to work with those with addictions, I have no experience and/or expertise – what was God thinking ? However, after much reflection, I came to understand that He does know what He is doing – I can hardly wait to see what He has in store for me (and them)at the farm! Love and blessings from my heart to yours xo

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    1. Oh Debra, that is wonderful!! I will be praying for you as you step out in faith on this new journey He is leading you on! I smiled when I read, ” However, after much reflection, I came to understand that He does know what He is doing.” It sounded like you took that from my own thoughts! There are so many times I think, “What in the world? This can’t be right!” But God really does know what He’s doing and He has the BEST plan for our lives. I find myself laughing, literally, when He calls me to do certain things. (It reminds me of Sara in Genesis 18:12.) And then I catch myself inhaling sharply as I think, “Oooooh. Okay God. That really is Your plan.” I’m excited for you and I hope you’ll keep me posted how things are going. Love and blessings to you, my dear Sister!!


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