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Bold Obedience

As an English major in college, I often tutored other students in writing. My professors regularly commented, “Don't you want to be a teacher? You have the gift!” I always said no despite the fact I had “played teacher” all through my childhood and considered teaching my career path in high school. Why? I was afraid. Stories of school violence scared me. I also feared the judgment of family members who expected me to get a “high-status,” high-paying job. I was not listening to God, but to my fears.

After college I was successful in the business world, but I felt empty and out of place.  Deep down I knew that I had disobeyed God. He had used many methods to direct me to teaching, to show me His plan for blessing me and blessing others through me, but I had disobeyed in fear.

After a year in the business world, I broke down and admitted my mistake. I went back to college, earned teaching credentials, and was hired right away. That was 25 years ago, and since then, God has blessed me with a joyful and rewarding career in the classroom. 

In Acts 22, Paul shows quick obedience to God, not fear.  Even though Paul knew the danger he would face, He boldly proclaimed that Jesus came for all people. God blessed Paul's obedience, protecting him and allowing him to share Jesus' love with the very people who were trying to harm him. Paul's actions remind us to choose bold obedience, not fear.  We can “step up” boldly to obey God, trusting that He will protect and bless us without fail.

Reflect:

  • What is God asking you to do in obedience to His plan for your life?
  • Pray for open heart to know how God wants you to "step up" boldly to obey.

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