Have you ever felt the burst of emotions to do something that is out of your norm?
Quit your job to pursue your passion.
Pursue something without having the necessary resources.
Book a YOLO SOLO trip.
Pray for someone on the street.
Saying YES to God that is beyond you, your ability and bank account.
I often have those moments but I tend to shrink back especially after the logical mind kicks in. The Asian culture has taught me to calculate my risks, have a concrete plan so that I won't fail and to only pursue things that have a high risk-reward return.
However, the Asian culture is not the Kingdom culture.Courage may look reckless or irresponsible to others. Well-meaning people for sure.The line between wisdom and fear somehow tends to be pretty blur.
To get 100% support from people for your choices is not a good indication that you are doing God's will. Jesus was never fully supported and faced many oppositions especially from His own people. In the end of the day, what did God placed in your heart to do? When you see society's decaying problems, your heart aches but is that it? Does it stop there? Or can you be a solution to the world?
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage looks like charging forward in the midst of fear. The world is not getting better while we sit, contemplate and hesitate (and the whole cycle keep on looping). Sometimes, like what Nike said, "we've just gotta do it".
I look back at my last 6 months. There were so many times I have asked myself "Pearly, are you sure?", "God, are You sure?". Sometimes I hear a clear instruction of the Lord, sometimes follow peace, sometimes I follow wisdom but I never stop asking God to increase my courage and faith. The only way to grow in both of these attributes is to just charge forward, knowing that God will help us clean up the messes, if any.
Romans 8:28 TPT version, "So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together for good, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose."
The journey with Jesus is the most precious thing ever. He knew that Peter was afraid to step out of the boat. He knows I am afraid. But He meets me at where I'm at. And He always comes through for us. I rather be Peter, drown but experience the miracle where Jesus picks me up and we walk on water together as compared to the rest of the disciples who did not step out of the boat.
Yes, courage may look reckless. But "reckless" can be the start of you changing history.