Out of my small group of friends I must say I am one of the most outgoing. Ridiculous and crazy at times but certainly outgoing. Although it may come as a surprise to many, I wasn’t all that bold two years ago. The girl you see making friends with and praying for strangers was overcome with insecurity in high school and definitely unsure of her identity. However, Jesus Christ changed all of that, and I praise Him for it.
One thing I have learned as a Christian is that we, as the Body of Christ, must continually encourage and build each other up. As Paul writes, “Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” and not ourselves (Ephesians 6:12). We as a Family in Christ need to support each other and work as One, but we need to have courage.
When it comes to encouraging my brothers and sisters, prayer is an automatic response. Through my experiences I have learned (and know for a fact) that praying for others (especially strangers) requires boldness. The other day I was given a challenge to pray for three random, unknown people on a daily basis. Of course I was a bit overwhelmed and of course I missed a day or two, but the point is this: right before you go out and do something that’s out of your comfort zone remember that all you need is twenty seconds of courage.
Protagonist Benjamin Mee from We Bought a Zoo summarizes it well: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” That’s it. Other than the Spirit’s prompting for you to do something, twenty seconds of “Oh gosh I can’t believe I am doing this right now” is literally all you need.
Now a challenge comes along with that. In those crazy and uncomfortable twenty seconds, you get an opportunity to choose – either you do it or you don’t. If you think about it too much, time runs out and you might miss it. But if you step out in faith and do it, you just might make someone’s day. Those twenty seconds are now your chance to be bold.
I have heard people say that walking with Jesus isn’t necessarily “safe” but a “risk,” and I certainly believe it to be true. I also believe that experiences like these (ones that require us to go beyond ourselves) help us experience life with God at a whole different level. However, it is ultimately up to us to decide if we want to pursue that or not. The only thing I can do to help facilitate that decision is to leave you with the concept of ‘twenty seconds of courage.’
I hope I have encouraged you. I hope God moves you, and I hope you challenge this and maybe even run with it as I am trying to do so myself.