Bold? Not me. I was born shy. I could read for hours, but starting conversations weren’t easy. In fact, in first grade, I recall bluntly asking a girl her name and then I had nothing to say. In fact, that’s all I knew about making friends.
Starting school was scary. There were too many people, and they all knew more than I did. I didn’t want to be called on to ask a question because I didn’t want to talk in front of lots of people. And I thought of myself as wallpaper. I was there, but I was happy if no one would notice me.
And I never thought that my choices mattered much, especially if I was in the background and unseen. Reading brought lots of pleasure. Trixie Belden books were my favorite, and her friends became my best friends too.
However, the Bible reminds us God cares about how we live, and he wants us to have friends. That helps us grow.
Hebrews 12:1 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Rather than remain with the friends in my books, I had to learn to knock down a few barriers. Living-boldly.
Today Cynthia Cavanaugh and her cousin Andrea Tomassi have written a year long devotion called Live Bold: A Devotional Journal to Strengthen your Soul