Friday, September 14, 2012

Why Bold is Better by Diane Markins

Why Bold is Better


“Your dress has really bold colors.” Does that sound like an insult in any way? How about this one: “That was a really bold choice.” Would you consider this criticism?


I hope not! I’d never wear something that would melt into the background of a beige room. I’d hate it if someone said, “You made a very safe, easy choice.”


Being bold means taking risks, not fearing failure or rejection and requires intentional thinking. When we live boldly for God we have empowerment and passion to make our boldness meaningful.


Settling for mediocrity in marriage, as parents, in careers, friendship, faith or ministry is not bold. God wants us to pursue everything we do with intensity and decisiveness. This means we are frequently checking the pulse of our pursuits and rapidly responding when we get a distress signal.


Is your marriage (especially in bed) ho-hum? Find some bold ways to rev it back up. Are your kids struggling? Don’t just shrug and follow the “traditional wisdom,” think creatively about taking brave actions no one else would.


Do your prayers feel more like talking to the ceiling fan than conversations with a wise, cherished friend? Do something wild and new to transform.


Don’t confuse boldness with arrogance or recklessness. When your bold actions are paired with love, respect and clarity the results will translate as conviction with complete humility.


Jesus has a bold message and He is asking you to not only share it, but live it! Bold is truly better.

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"Going Boldly" Blog Tour Grand Prize

– Retail Value: $70

  • Book (Women in High Def: Boldly Living Your Purposes with Vibrant Clarity)
  • Bright and Vibrant Earrings
  • Sparkling Cider (to celebrate life)
  • Sumatra Coffee (Bold, Earthy Flavor)
  • Into the Wild body wash and spray fragrance from Bath and Body Works
  • Custom coffee mug: Women in High Def (front), BE YOUR BOLD SELF! (back)
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1 comment:

  1. Bold means taking risks - I have grown bolder as I have grown older. Even in the colors I wear! I'm not sure if it's just getting more comfortable with who I really I am and was created to be - or if it's because I've grown in my faith and ability to trust in God enough to take the risks. I like bold. I also like exclamation points! (not good though as a writer - have to scale back on those). "Do something wild and new to transform." I like that phrase and challenge.