Faith, Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Be Bold Not Beige

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,

    but the godly are as bold as lions.

Proverbs 28:1
New Living Translation

Joe’s favorite color was beige. Yep! I told him beige was boring. He said he was just a boring guy. I told him he was NOT boring. Beige is a neutral that compliments every color which is why he liked it.

While beige might be acceptable in fashion, it is not acceptable when it comes to your faith. You need to be bold and step outside your comfort zone which might include following a Bible reading plan, attending a small group one evening a week, serving as a member of your church’s leadership team, or spending a set amount of time praying every day.

Boldness in faith will be different for everyone because we are unique individuals.

You could also choose to be like Benaniah in the Bible and not only chase a lion but jump into a pit with him.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

2 Samuel 23:20
New International Version

Where did this get him? Benaiah started out as one of David’s Mighty Men and ended up being chief of Solomon’s Army.

So be bold in your faith and in the rest of your life. You only get one life, so don’t be beige.

Related Reading: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio Parable of the Talents and the Proverbs 31 Woman

Mark Batterson: In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day; How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion; If Your Dream Does Not Scare You, It’s Too Small

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog

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How Lipstick Helped Me Choose My Word For 2017.

Every year, some people chose either one word as their guide for the year. Other choose 3 words for the year.

I tried to come up with 3 words but could not decide on 3 that spoke to me. I toyed with Ask. Seek. Knock. After this verse from Matthew 7: 7, 8 (NIV):

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 

I also toyed with the words hope and trust but they just did not speak to me either.

Ultimately I decided to go with one word as my guide for 2017 and it all started with lipstick.

About October of last year, I decided I was tired of naked, nude colorless lips – color was what I was seeking and it had to be bold. 

After selecting my lipstick, a thought popped into my head that bold would be a good word for 2017. How I would apply it to my life this year was uncertain.

I kept thinking about other words (hope, trust, nurture,  but I kept coming back to bold.

So I decided to use BOLD as my word of the  year.

The Meaning of Bold 

Merriam-Webster’s site defines bold as

  1. 1a :  fearless before danger :  intrepidb :  showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit

  2. 2:  impudent, presumptuous

  3. 3obsolete :  assured, confident

  4. 4:  sheer, steep <bold cliffs>

  5. 5:  adventurous, free <a bold thinker>

  6. 6:  standing out prominently

  7. 7:  being or set in boldface

“Showing or Requiring a Fearless Daring Spirit”

Well that’s interesting. I am a member of  Kelly Balarie’s book launch team for her new book Fear Fighting, awakening courage to OVERCOME your fears. Guess I will be referring to her book a lot this year.

How Bold Applies To This Year

I am still not certain about how bold is going to factor into my life this year, but I have some ideas. They include:

  • Bold Living – Sounds like a lot of adventure this year. Hopefully that means a new job that pays all the bills.
  • Bold Loving – This makes me nervous as maybe this is the year I start dating again.
  • Bold Creating – Not only being adventurous in my writing and photography but finding other creative adventures to pursue. Macrame here I come!         😉
  • Bold Faith – Trusting God.

2017 fills me with hope and excitement. In order to better my all aspects of my life, I am going to need to do Bold things and boldly go where no widow has gone before.

I will keep you posted on some of my decisions and their outcomes.