“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said.”

Matthew 14:27-29

You might hear this phrase a lot: Try harder. I don’t think we become braver people by trying harder. I think we become braver people by training. And the way to train ourselves is not by taking gigantic leaps of faith all the time, but by starting to do something that scares us every day. I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” There is a lot of wisdom in that because it trains us for the big things when they come. Following Jesus requires courage. It requires heart. It requires a drive. It requires a decision that when I get to something scary, I will do it. That even though everything in my bones is saying “No! Don’t do it!” I will take a step in the direction of the thing that worries or scares me. And every time you do that, you’re going to get so much stronger, braver, and smarter.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Give me the courage to do something scary each day. Train me to walk on water when you ask me to do.


In the past, do you feel that doing scary things made you stronger?

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