For the past week I have been seeking God regarding 2016. God has given me five words of what His people need to be this coming year.
First, Father said we would have to be brave.
adj. ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.
Closely related to brave is courage defined as: not deterred by danger or pain.
Let me tell you about Brad Smith. As an eighteen year old kid, Brad went looking for a Chinese manufacturer to build his motorcycle design with nothing to offer but vision. He and an interpreter visited over 50 motorcycle manufacturing plants and one by one got laughed out of their offices.
In the midst of telling his entrepreneurial story to an audience in Canberra (of which I was a part) he said, “Your ability to deal with rejection is proportional to your growth.”
The statement stuck with me. You see, I don’t deal with rejection well. I hate failure.
Yet if I am to grow, I have to be brave enough to fail. I have to be brave enough to experience rejection.
And keep going.
Brad Smith was brave enough to follow his vision despite setback and rejection. And his bravery paid dividends. Today, Brad Smith is the owner of an expanding motorcycle brand, Braaap Motorcycles. He continues to push boundaries. He continues to fail and experience rejection. And his business continues to flourish.
The Bible is full of brave characters. From Jonathan and his armour bearer to martyred Stephen, God used those brave enough to lay it all on the line for Him.
Then there were other characters who demonstrated bravery in a different way – like Peter when he walked on water to Jesus. He may have been reprimanded for his “little faith,” but he was the only one of the twelve who was brave enough to sink.
In 2016 God is looking for sons and daughters who are brave enough to endure and not be deterred by the pain of failure or rejection. He is looking for those who are brave enough to sink. Brave enough to risk. Brave enough to get out of the boat.
Because when you are brave enough to fail, you are brave enough to grow into the man or woman Jesus created you to be.