It is not often that I share about things my stages of transformation. Not like in a Caitlynn Jenner kind of transformation ... well.. maybe, but hang in there! The boldness I am speaking of is NOT my outside transformation, but instead my inner transformation that truly does change everything about who I am.
The definition of boldness is not hesitating or being fearful the face of actual or possible danger or simply being rebuff, courageous and daring. Someone of boldness is not hesitant to break the rules or propriety; behavior that is socially or morally correct and proper.
Boldness is NOT bossiness.2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:2-4
(Lording in this verse means bossiness)
Boldness in truth brings wisdom.Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. John 7:18
Boldness is evidence of strength.
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
I am pretty bold in the things in which I believe in, and the various "God whispers" that I encounter because I believe that they are not just for me, but for others as well. He is removing from me the things that used to fuel me, ~ myself ~ and filling me with more of Him and by doing so .. I am able to be more bold on where I stand in life. Without HIM I can do nothing ... and that my friend is in the scriptures!
30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just,for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John 5:30 NIV
My favorite however is this one: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. It is found in John 15:5 and really is an area that God is working in and through me. If I am honest this is very true. I couldn't write these blog posts on my own ~ well I could but they wouldn't impact the same. I couldn't feed my family meals that are amazing, well.. I could but they wouldn't enjoy the meas as well as the inspired ones He gives me for the menu list (or those quick hey let's have ...). I wouldn't be able to teach the way I teach, take care of our home, write books, etc. Basically.. I would fail in every area of my life over and over and over, and believe me He has humbled me many times when I get too full of myself.
So I sit here and tell you that I am a goal setter but through various trials and many errors I realize that unless my goals are in line with God's will for my life, I can't live in boldness with those goals. I get fearful, and indecisive. My boat gets rocked .. and not in a good way. But when I am bold within the boundaries of God's will for my goals and the things He has called me to do, I can walk in His boldness, and in a courageous way.