Step Boldly Forward
Brenda Nail DeLauder
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Whenever I think back to some of the television shows from my childhood, Star Trek comes to mind. I can still hear Captain Kirk proclaiming to “boldly go where no one has gone before.” They were bold because they battled on through all sorts of missions without turning back or avoiding the trials before them.
Recently I learned one of the missionaries, I lift up in prayer each morning, had sent word requesting prayers for boldness, because she wants to become more bold in her mission for Christ. So I added her request to my prayers and before long I added it for a few other people, including myself. Sometimes we all try to sidestep the rocky parts of our lives when perhaps we need to face obstacles instead of turning away.
I can think of times our puppies and kittens found their boldness, stepping bravely forward to check out some monster, or a grandchild boldly accepting a dare. Then I stopped to think about my own ability to be bold. Am I? The older I get the more I try to stop the urge to leap forward, leaning more toward “bite thy tongue” instead of speaking out. While I do feel it’s important to be mindful of what comes out of my mouth, I admittedly battle with standing up for what I strongly believe in. The message in Ecclesiastes 3:7 explains there is a time to keep silent and a time to speak, but my problem is in figuring out those right moments of which action to choose.
Last Sunday after the service we had a meeting for our upcoming church’s anniversary celebration. One of our most beloved members was the leader of our group and when she began to speak, the word “bold” immediately popped into my head. While I would never describe her as “meek and mild” I would call her “neutral,” as she finds and focuses on the good in all. Hearing her begin the meeting with a bold approach immediately grabbed our attention. It was amazing to hear the volunteering which began quickly due to her boldness. I laughed in the car on the way home and said “Well God, You certainly got our attention today when You pushed Val to lead us strongly.” Then I thanked Him for doing so.
In Ephesians 6:19, Paul prays “... that utterance may be given to me, than I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel.” Then in Philippians 1:20, Paul talks about how even though he had endured much, it was nothing because he lived with Christ. He felt the Spirit of Jesus Christ was in him through every challenge he faced, so he boldly continued to preach the Gospel and serve Jesus. We are fortunate that he did because Paul was the author of many of the books in the New Testament. Without his boldness, we would be missing out on so much of God’s word. The very words offering direction and guidance to lead us throughout our earthly life.
While I will undoubtedly continue to struggle with when to speak out and when to shut up, I know by including God in all parts of my life, I will have a better chance of doing the right thing at the right time. Sometimes those rocky parts of our path are tremendous challenges, but whatever is to come, may we all step boldly forward with Jesus!
Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.