Taking Bold Steps (Part 1 – Three Benefits)

We all want to have the courage to make bold decisions. After all, great accomplishments are almost always preceded by acts of boldness. Accomplishing great things is a possible benefit of boldness. But I am learning that there more certain benefits on the other side of boldness.

You see I’m an average guy with average boldness. Yet almost 3 years ago I took a bold step by leaving a long-term ministry position to plant a church. Now, in less than 3 weeks my family will take another bold step by moving across the country (from Texas to California) to pursue God’s next step for us.

I wanted to share three benefits I’ve experienced in the last 3 years:

1) Clearer Perspective

> I realize pursuing dreams is better than settling for comfort (not easier but better)

> My wife and kids have become more significant to me

> New appreciation for The Church. I have discovered incredible churches with different ministry styles pursuing Christ’s mission. We really are all on the same team.

2) Encouraged others to take bold steps

More and more people share their dreams with me. I love this! As they share, my heart beats fast sensing their passion and I want to scream “GO FOR IT”! When it comes to dreams I’d rather be “ready, fire, aim” than “ready, ready, aim, aim, never fire”. (Recently Seth Godin wrote a great article about this.)

3) Heightened dependence on God

For the first time my faith was genuinely challenged. I chose to depend on God despite what I didn’t feel and didn’t hear at times. I chose to lean harder into Him based on what He had done in the past and Who I believed Him to be. This season has strengthened my faith in my God.

“I am convinced that God longs to put His fingerprint in our lives, to act on our behalf and surprise us with His magnificence. I am equally convinced that most of the time we do not give God a context in which to do this. The mundane is not really the best context for a miracle. When we play it safe, we squeeze God out of the formula. If we go only where we know and do what we’re certain will succeed, we remove our need for God. Whenever we respond to God’s invitation, our need for God becomes heightened.” Erwin Mcmanus – Chasing Daylight

What are some benefits you have experienced from taking bold steps in your life?

On Thursday I’ll share three drawbacks associated with taking bold steps.

Our conversation will be better if you participate.

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