I am fortunate that I had a mentor who challenged me to step away from my comfort zone. She pointed out that my God-given talents were being wasted by living so fearfully. One of her admonitions to me was, “Don’t put yourself down.”
By affirming my gifts, she empowered me to live boldly. To me, this means taking risks, not worrying if I make mistakes and not waiting to act until I have pure motivation. Our calling as forgiven sinners and God’s children is to pass our blessings on so we can encourage one another to experience the joy of living boldly.
This message is taken from “Reader Call” and was written by Dorothy Isdahl of Mankato, Minn., in the June 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.