Growing up as I did—in a Lutheran, middle-class family—I saw and have learned a certain stealthy boldness. Rather than lead a revolution, I lean to a boldness determined to shift the momentum of life in this world toward God’s will and way. For me, this fits.
Some of us will have the gifts to take on public roles and pursue ordination or elected office or company leadership. But most of us Lutheran girls and women will not. We may not have the opportunity or we may have other gifts. However, we all can be bold about our faith and what it means in our daily lives. We all can live with a certain determination to be God’s heart and hands in this world.
We can believe we make a difference in this world because, as women of faith, we do. We’ve been created to make a difference. We’ve been called to make a difference. And we’ve been redeemed so that we might be able to forgive ourselves when we don’t think and act as boldly as we could.
This message is adapted from “Stealthy Boldness: Shifting the Momentum” written by Catherine Malotky in the June 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.