What do you think bravery is? Coming unto Christ is often characterized as taking a step into the darkness, not knowing what awaits you, but knowing that Christ will not abandon you. I don’t think you are restricted from being scared or apprehensive. Perhaps that makes your journey through the darkness even more important. After we prove to ourselves that 1. We can take that step and 2. Christ will be there waiting to help us – we begin to really change.
Growing up I always used to keep my handouts from church and put them up on my bulletin board. I remember when I found out we had to move I looked at that board and almost everything on it was about change and how it is okay. I ripped it all down and threw it away. I was not ready for that message yet.
Is anyone ever ready for change? What if that change is within instead of without. Being brave, putting in the work and changing things that you need to. It will be hard, so hard. But the blessings that come and the closeness you feel with Heavenly Father certainly make it all worth it.
My next question is what if that change has to come through patience? The act of waiting for blessings. Waiting for a sign that you are doing things right. Waiting to see a real change in your life/body/outlook (whatever it may be). How can there be anything more difficult?
Patience is tricky.
I think being patient is being brave. Not giving up, not getting angry, not turning away. Being patient means that you don’t have all the answers – maybe you have no answers – but you are willing to keep going.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” — Joshua 1:9
Be patient, be brave, be strong!