Be Bold and Lead Well
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Recently, we had a day in our youth ministry that resembled the story in, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Everything that could go wrong, did.
From issues with volunteers and absent volunteers, disrespectful students, failed ideas, disconnected Wi-Fi, and distractions left and right, it easily became a day I wish I could forget.
As you could imagine, going back to church the next day to work was not something I was looking forward to. However, I knew that I couldn’t stay down. I was discouraged, but I refused to be defeated. As I walked through the doors of our student building—the very place where the terrible, no good, bad day happened—I knew that I had to be bold.
Bold enough to walk back into the building and get right back to work.
Bold enough to face the problems I was having within our volunteer group.
Bold enough to pray for those disrespectful students, work to avoid those distractions in the future, and try those failed ideas again.
I had to be bold.
I have learned that in ministry—especially student ministry—there is a certain level of boldness that is required. This is something that I wished someone would have told me before I dove into this line of work.
Have you ever stopped to think about the level of courage it takes to minister to teenagers? From not being afraid to hold them accountable to dealing with an angry parent, boldness is essential as a youth leader.
While this is a tough truth to learn, I am thankful for the one thing God is showing me through it: He is able to strengthen us and make us brave. Our strength comes from Him and Him alone.
When we call upon the name of the Lord, He gives us strength to be brave in the face of that disrespectful student.
When we call upon the name of the Lord, He gives us strength to be courageous when talking to that upset parent.
When we call upon the name of the Lord, He gives us strength to teach well, right wrongs, and lead the way He has called us to.
Even when we don’t feel it, we must trust that when we seek boldness, God will be right there with us no matter what.
On those days when I just don’t think I can muster up the courage to do whatever it is I’m afraid of, I look back on all of the individuals in the Bible God granted boldness to:
Just to name a few.
Friend, I would like to encourage you to do the same. During those times you just don’t know how you’re going to face whatever terrifying giant that’s standing in front of you, call upon the name of the Lord and walk in that boldness that He gives.
Be bold and lead well.