Boldness for the Coldness

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Guts. Stones. Chutzpah. Boldness. That’s what it takes to stand up and attack every day, especially a stupid cold Monday, and be intentional with it. Today’s devo comes from the book of Acts. In chapter 4 the Apostles had just been arrested and threatened to stop speaking the name of Jesus or else they would be killed. This is how they responded:

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

What’s fascinating to me is verse 29. They are in the midst of persecution and attack and their prayer is not “God get us out of this”, or “God hide us from our enemies.” Instead they pray for boldness. The pray for the courage to stand up and do what is right. To continue to do what they knew they had to do. They prayed that God would empower them to proclaim the name of Jesus even in the face and threat of death. They saw the hurdle and prayed for the power to run faster and jump over it.

I’ve been saying it for awhile now. Mondays set up your week. They don’t have to be a bummer and a drag. They don’t have to suck. If we are intentional, if we actively seek to use Monday as the jumping off point for having a great week, Monday is no longer a burden but an asset. That means that when it gets hard and we have piles of work to do and are exhausted and frustrated, we don’t hide, we don’t run, we don’t give up. Instead we pray for the boldness, the courage, and power to go after Monday. To do Monday well.

I got up after my first alarm today, (Sarah was shocked!) I knew I had to do it because there was coffee to be made, ice to be scraped off, and things to be done. If I want to start my day off with cracking open the Bible, then I have to be at work a bit earlier which means I gotta get out of the house on time and get moving. This morning my #DropkickMonday was motivated by the combination of challenge from ice and snow as well as the joy of seeing what God had to say to me.

It all starts with having the boldness to hit the ground with intentionality on Monday and turn it into a #DropkickMonday.

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