Brave.

"Being brave doesn't mean you don't get afraid, being brave means you don't let fear stop you."

I think we would all agree that David was a pretty brave dude! It almost seems he had no fear at all! But I have to believe that as he walked toward that giant, holding just a sling and a stone, he had a moment of doubt… A fleeting thought of, "can I really do this?" But he never hesitated, because he was committed to the mission.

David said, I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring it’s neck, and kill it. Lion or a bear – it made no difference – I killed it and I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God – alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.
— 1 Samuel 17:34-37

David built up his faith by way of remembering. He recalled his victories in the past – the times he didn't let fear stop him. And he goes on to give all the glory to God stating, "the God who delivered me from the lion and the bear will deliver me from this Philistine." This was enough to give him the boldness and bravery to do something that no one else wanted to do – even someone who perhaps appeared more appropriate for the job.

Our pastors here at C3 Greensboro often remind us to write things down, so that we can recall victories we have had; moments of overcoming with God's help. They tell us to write down when we hear from God, reminding us that we do in fact hear. I believe this is partly because we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. We are able to passionately pursue bravery when we remember our triumphs in the past.

At C3 Greensboro we believe we are called to something larger than ourselves. We must embrace bravery in order to walk out the call on this house. There is no room for fear. I am stirred to call to remembrance times when I said no to fear and saw fruit, so that I can bravely pursue what is on His heart for me today, and more importantly, what is on His heart for us as one body.

What if we all committed to being courageous even in the little things? And what if we were committed to cheering each other on in the process?! I think there would be a lot of dead giants laying around...