What would you say if I told you it’s courage that leads to clarity, not the other way around? Yep, courage is the way to clarity. I’m willing to guess, you’ve never really given much thought to it being this way.
Probably because most of us are too busy hunting down clarity so that we can have the courage to take action! At least that’s how I would typically approach my goals, next steps, new season…
Paradigm shifting stuff when we start thinking courage is the way to clarity.
As in, it’s courage and taking action that will actually lead to the clarity we’re looking for in order to pursue our BIG dreams, next goal… Put that way it seems pretty obvious how backwards we get it.
Thinking this way can’t be surprising, I mean isn’t it the way of the world? Up is down, right is left, and the familiar whisper, “is that really what you…heard, need to do, planned?” and just like that, doubt. Doubt is that thing that brings you anything but clarity.
Taking the forbidden fruit in the garden wasn’t some demonic possession or force, it was doubt that filled in the blanks where their courage lacked. Lacking the courage to trust what God said over the doubt that was planted. And that doubt took root, and they took the fruit.
Embracing the unknown takes courage.
Wanting answers to your future will have you channeling your inner preschooler faster than you can say, “backpack!” Meaning, you’re quick to ask a billion and a half questions about the very next step.
- “Shouldn’t I have the plan perfected before I start?”
- “Now’s not really a good time, shouldn’t I wait until the timing is better?”
- “How can I do THAT? I’m too shy, loud, young, old, uneducated…”
- “I think I should pray about it some more and wait for a sign, right?”
Anchoring verse to hang onto when the unknown seems to be too much.
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 NIV
This verse speaks of God’s guidance on unfamiliar paths, suggesting that taking courageous steps into the unknown leads to His clarity.
Courage to Clarity in the Unknown Action Steps:
- Identify Your Unfamiliar Territory: Reflect on areas of your life or business where you’re hesitant because of uncertainty. It could be a new project or product launch, a career change or revamp, or a personal endeavor.
- Set Courageous Goals: Choose one area of uncertainty and set a bold, faith-driven goal. Write it down and commit to pursuing it, even if you don’t have a clear path yet.
- Seek Guidance and Support: Just as God guides us in unfamiliar territory, look for guidance from mentors, coaches, or supportive friends who can help you navigate this path in front of you with courage.
Standing firm in your faith is courageous and the way to clarity.
Knowing who you are and Whose will give you a constant strength and resolve. At first it will be surprising once you lean into this mindset and see God intervene. But once you learn to anchor your mind that He’s got you and your future, it gets FUN!
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
Sometimes, courage is about standing firm in faith, even when you can’t see the way forward. Here we see Moses remind the Israelites to not lose hope. They were running from their enemy, the Egyptians, complaining to Moses their leader, and were facing an insurmountable obstacle, the Red Sea.
This is a good reminder that clarity often emerges when God acts on our behalf. We just have to have the courage to take Him at His Word.
Standing firm Action Steps:
- Identify Challenges: Recognize challenges or obstacles that may be holding you back. These could be internal doubts or external barriers.
- Develop a Resilience Plan: Create a plan for how you will stand firm in faith despite challenges. This might include constant prayer, writing out and memorizing Scripture that speaks to your specific situation or circumstance, or some fundamental strategies for overcoming obstacles.
- Celebrate Small Victories: As you face challenges with resilience, celebrate even the small victories along the way. Each step forward reinforces your faith and courage and those put you on a clearer path.
Ordinary people being courageous often paves the way to clarity for others.
Giving attention to, but also intention to is important when it comes to who influences us. Because whether we realize it or not, it shows.
Look at how much it showed not only Who they were influence by, but how bold it made these two men.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”Acts 4:13 NIV
This verse highlights that even ordinary people taking bold steps can not only show clarity in our purpose, but influence others too.
Boldness in Ordinary Life Actionable Steps:
- Recognize Your Unique Calling: Reflect on your life and business. What makes you unique, and how can you use your talents and passions for a greater purpose?
- Take Small Bold Actions: Start small by taking bold actions aligned with your calling. It could be speaking up in a meeting, launching a new project, or volunteering for a cause.
- Share Your Journey: Don’t be afraid to share your journey with others. Your story of ordinary boldness can inspire and encourage those around you to step out in faith as well.
Courage is the way to clarity, now what?
Together, we’ve explored
- the transformative concept that courage is the way to clarity,
- challenged the common misconception that clarity must come before taking action
- seen how courage is the catalyst for discovering God’s intended path and purpose in our lives
We dug deeper into the idea that embracing the unknown takes courage, and seeking answers to our future often leads to questions, doubt, and hesitation. However, as we anchor ourselves in God’s guidance and trust in His promise to lead on even the unfamiliar paths, we discovered that courage is indeed the way to clarity.
I’m praying that through the suggested actionable steps, you’re encouraged to take the courageous actions, so that you can pave the way to the clarity needed to pursue your dreams and goals.
Remember, it’s your courage that will pave the way to the clarity you seek. Embrace the unknown, stand firm in faith, and inspire others with your ordinary boldness. As you do, you’ll discover that courage is indeed the key to clarity on your journey.
choosing courage to clear the way to clarity right there with ya,
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