How many times have you heard the phrase ‘BE BOLD’, and how many times have you actually stopped to consider how that applies to you?
In an attempt at a definition, I would say that boldness is the ingredient that distinguishes an extraordinary gourmet dish from an ordinary meal you whip up in your kitchen. Its effect is to elevate and act as a transformative element in any situation or circumstance; the ingredient that takes something from being good to outstanding.
Picture yourself setting out to make an amazing dish but in your prep realise that the key ingredient is missing, what do you do? Do you carry on, making the most of what you’ve got (the result being a flat dish which obviously has potential but lacking in finesse) or do you stop and seek out that missing ingredient to create that delicious meal?
The difference for some between achieving the extraordinary and trudging along in the mundane is that eight letter word: BOLDNESS.
Joshua 1:1-3 NKJV
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them-the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
Joshua was not a man who I imagine would naturally be described as timid. He had walked with Moses for years, was the leader of a tribe and unafraid to go against the grain. Even when the majority saw defeat, Joshua (alongside Caleb) knew otherwise. He was battle-tested and had seen numerous victories but then something happened: Moses died.
Moses represented so much to Joshua. He probably represented hope and victory (to name a few things), all of which probably presented as uncertainties when the unthinkable happened and Moses died. Joshua perhaps never imagined, or thought to imagine, entering Canaan without Moses leading the way but yet found himself faced with that very situation. Moses was no more.
I would like to speak to someone today who may have been hit hard by circumstances in their life. An event(s) which seemingly changed the course of your life and caused everything to come tumbling down. The dreams and visions you once had now a thing of the past and you think that you do not have it in yourself to pick up and carry on. You think that giving up and accepting defeat is the best way out. Well, I have come with good news for you today. God said to Joshua: MOSES IS DEAD, NOW THEREFORE ARISE!
That situation or circumstance may be over, but you are not. This is your time to arise. This is your time to look past that situation and look to God’s promise to you which hasn’t changed. Things can still turn around!
One of the dangers of holding on to the past is that you end up staying in the past. You cannot hold on to the past and be in the present or look to the future. To live in today, you have to let go of yesterday.
Three times in one chapter God said to Joshua to be bold (strong and courageous). That is because your key to an extraordinary tomorrow is in stepping out in boldness and doing what you thought was impossible.
I would like to especially thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Bloggingwithkay is going to be one year tomorrow and it has been a joy reading the comments and knowing that people are being blessed.
Here is to many more anniversaries to come!