Acts 28:30-31 — “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!”
I use to struggle with being bold. I was always so worried about what people thought of me and I hated standing out in a crowd. But, as I have grown and matured in my relationship with Jesus, I have become much more comfortable in my own skin, and also much more emboldened to share what God has done in my life.
There is something about being thankful, that overwhelms my heart and I can’t keep it in. When I see God show up, I want to shout it from the roof tops! I want people to experience this relationship that I have with God for themselves! It has given me stability, grounding, purpose and peace. It has transformed a broken life into something so meaningful and beautiful. I do not deserve this life I’ve been given and therefore I refuse to waste it.
God did not die on that cross for me so that I could live the American dream and be “happy”. You see the world’s standard for happiness is death wrapped up in a pretty bow. It’s shallow and temporary. Having that dream house won’t make you truly happy. Having that one job or the “perfect family” won’t bring true happiness either. On the contrary, God’s standards for happiness are wrapped up in His son Jesus Christ. I am no longer defined by achievements, appearances or if people like me. I am free!
The freedom I have in Christ emboldens me to want to love like Christ loves me. His perfect love drives out fear and lights a fire inside that consumes and refines. I want people to see Jesus through this broken vessel. I want to be used by Him. I want to make a difference. Sometimes, the smallest acts of obedience can be used by God to move mountains! I never saw myself as the kind of gal who was brave enough to walk into a room of strangers and actually make friends. I never saw myself becoming a foster parent, home school mom or a Sunday school teacher. I never saw myself having this life at all, until I met Jesus and I have never been as busy or as happy as I am today!