Ten years ago I moved to New York City with $500 dollars in my pocket, nowhere else to go, and a dream of using music to make the world a safer place for women and children.
In the years that followed I took a million detours, ending up in all the right clubs with all the right successes but with just a lot of emptiness to show for it, until God lovingly stripped me of everything I didn’t need and turned my life upside down so it could be turned right side up again.
We’re talking three late stage illnesses, tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and more trips to the ER than could ever be counted. We’re talking losing it all so that something new could be created (2 Corinthians 5:17).
And if I could go back and say anything to that woman ten years ago, fresh out of college and with a dream bigger than she could handle it would be two words.
Not be smart. Or be reasonable. Or be realistic. Or even be safe.
It would be, “be brave” (Joshua 1:9).
The same God who parted the Red Sea is with you, too. The God who brought the walls down at Jericho. The one who shut the mouths of lions.
The one who helps you take every single step even when it feels like the next one could be your last. The one you holds your hand in the hospital, and the one who tucks you in at night in one the world’s biggest cities. The one who did it all when you couldn’t do any of that for yourself.
He’s with you.
And ten years later, I can see it more clearly than ever, that we’re made to be brave. That $500, nowhere else to go, and a dream might have put a gold record on my wall, but only God could put a new song in my heart (Psalm 40:3).
So now as I’m re-embracing brave, I’m sharing that courage with you. Whatever you’re feeling or dreaming or needing to hear, don’t forget to be brave. Our God is with you. Be brave enough to believe the dreams He’s put in your heart. Be patient enough for Him to bring them to life. Be hopeful enough to celebrate the moments right now even as you wait. Be small enough to love your people well especially when no one’s looking, and be sure that He is always with you.