advent | day six.

Hey there! It’s day 6 today of #samjyogaadvent on Instagram, and today, the theme is DARE.

I remember when I first became a Christian, I hadn’t really told anyone. I’d been having conversations with my step-Mom who was a Christian and a friend my age also, but my actual moment of “okay, God, let’s do this” came when I was alone in my car while I was sobbing and listening to this song by Third Day.

I didn’t know what to say about it to anyone really; it felt awkward to be like “okay, so I’m going to change the way I live my life now” so for a minute, I just didn’t say anything. But I vividly remember holding my phone in my hand, sitting on my bedroom floor, being compelled to publicly say His name.

I don’t know what it is about the name of Jesus – it has to be the power, right? – that, when properly used, makes people so uncomfortable. I was never one to take it in vain, so to speak, so I’d scarcely said it at all.

So I wrestled with this compulsion, and now I wonder if this was a spiritual thing happening for me, but it became a sort of humble, defining moment for me. I posted these song lyrics to my Facebook page: “Please take from me my life when I don’t have the strength to give it away to You, Jesus.”

Even then, I remember waiting, typing, erasing, and retyping His name at the end. Either way, I was still quoting the song but ultimately, including His name was declaring more about who I was singing it to, who I belonged to now.

I was almost afraid, but I did it anyway. My thought was, “well, this guy died for me. The least I could do is say His name.” And that little step of courageous faithfulness has brought me an entire platform of, not just Facebook, but a comfort of sharing my faith on all my forms of social media, and eventually my blog, which you’re now reading.

I’d like to share what Tim Keller had to say about courage, too, in his book ‘Hidden Christmas.’ He said:

“How will you get the strength to be courageous like that? By looking at Jesus himself. Because if you think it takes courage to be with him, consider that it took infinitely more courage for him to be with you. Only Christianity says one of the attributes of God is courage. No other religion has a God who needed courage… Jesus could save us only by facing an agonizing death that had him wrestling in sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane. He became mortal and vulnerable so that he could suffer, be betrayed and killed. He faced all these things for you, and he thought it worth it. Look at him facing the darkness for you. That will enable you to face any darkness yourself.”

There have been countless examples I could share with you of God asking me to dare – dare to step forward, dare to speak His truth, dare to live it – and I haven’t gotten them all right. Not one of those victories or losses is vital to or messes up God’s plan though. Because God’s plan is one of redemption and I really believe that as long as there’s redeeming happening, His plan is working.

I don’t know what He’s calling you to that requires courage today. It could be as simple as my first public acknowledgement of Him was, or it could be something as huge as trusting Him for the first time. That’s between you and Him, but I would encourage you to follow that tug on your heart. Follow the Spirit. See where it leads you.

Find courage in His courage.

And I’d love to pray for you. If you’re looking for extra support, please message me. You can find my contact information on the [Contact Sam] page. The door is open.

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