I’m not one for tattoos that are paragraph in length, but if I was, it might be this. (But like, where? my hip? my wrist? It’s just not gonna happen, people.)
There are two stories, two themes, two recurring sentences that run through my life and my brain and spill out into my conversations.
God made you on purpose.
God made you to be brave.
I’m sure of it. I’m sure that you are one of a kind and your call to courage is that unique.
So often we convince ourselves that we are average.
I just have a normal job, I am just a mom, I am just another college student, I’m too old to be brave now, I’m too young to matter, I’ve never moved to a foreign land, I’ve made too many mistakes.
How many of those register with your heart? One? Two? All?
I disagree with all of them.
You are not average. You are one of a kind and you have a unique purpose on this planet. God made you once and then He stopped with that mold because one of you is enough to fill His heart. He made you on purpose – every corner of who you are is beautiful to Him. (It’s true – read Song of Solomon 4:7.)
You are on purpose and you have a purpose.
You are doing with your life what only you could do. And THAT is brave.
It is brave to get up and carry on with your day even if you have a broken heart. It is brave to go to your job to help provide for your family even when you want to stay home. (It is also brave to stay home when you found purpose in your day job.) It’s brave to be single and hopeful. It is brave to be married and committed. It’s brave to be sick and yet full of joy. It is brave to be quiet when you want to scream.
This is why I need that paragraph tattoo – because I need the reminder, every day, that no part of me is a mistake and my normal life isn’t so normal. I wrote a book about it, Let’s All Be Brave, because I needed to find the courage in me and I wanted to call out the courage in you.
These two stories – God made you on purpose and God made you to be brave – are what my life is about. Because I want you to believe it, but even more so because I need to be reminded and I need to believe it.
If you’ll be brave in your life, and I can be brave in my life, it will spread like wildfire and we’ll suddenly look around and realize that fear has no power anymore.
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What does courage look like for you today?
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