A Lesson in Bravery.

April 4, 2016

Yesterday morning, as we were getting ready for church, my daughter came into our room and told me she had a song to sing for us and then wondered if she could sing it at our church service.

Several weeks earlier our pastor had encouraged anyone that had a story or a word of encouragement for others was always welcome to share during our services. Jasmine heard his words, took it to heart, and wrote a song that she now wanted to sing during the service.

As we were leaving home, I told her she could certainly ask Pastor Carl if it’d be all right. As we walked into the sanctuary and the music began to play, Kyle encouraged Jasmine again to ask Pastor Carl if she could share her song. She walked over to him shyly, showed him her song and asked if it’d be all right. Of course Carl agreed.

As the worship portion of the service ended, Carl called Jasmine up on the stage as she bravely shared the song she’d written and then felt led to share with others. She was amazing, at least to my mama eyes. I could not have been more proud.

It also helps that we attend a wonderful little church, with a strong community of Christians who love and encourage one another; many of them came up to Jasmine afterwards to tell her what a great job she had done.

As we were driving home, I told her the thing I was most proud of was not how well she sang -- although she certainly did well -- but that she had the courage to listen to what she believed God had asked her to do. I was proud that when God asked her to share her heart with others, she was obedient to do it, even though she was a little bit afraid.

I told her: I’m not so concerned with how well she does, it’s that she's just willing to try.

Since then I’ve been thinking about my own life. How often have I said no because I was afraid? Because I was too scared to try?

My daughter’s courage reminded me of my own desire to want to always say yes to God, even when it comes to scary things, even hard things.

And I wonder about you today, friend -- maybe you’ve struggled with saying yes to something because of fear or doubt or disbelief. Maybe you’ve given up on dreams you once had because it just seemed too big or too far out of reach. I wonder what would happen if we began to dream once again, began to say yes to things that once scared us—what would happen in our lives? And more importantly, what would happen in our faith?

As we face a new week -- a new set of tasks that need to get accomplished -- maybe it’s time to try something scary or pick up an old dream. Who knows? Maybe this is the time God would say to each of us:

I’m not so concerned with how well you do, I just care that you’re willing to try.

It doesn’t matter our age, or gifting, or background—we are all #girlswhotry

                                           Jasmine bravely sharing during the Sunday service.