Bravery Comes From Somewhere

bebrave“There’s been a profound power shift within the church. Today a blogger with strong opinions and a large audience is probably more influential in contemporary Christian culture than someone leading a large organization. The shift has some serious implications. It is easy to have opinions when you don’t have any skin in the game. A blogger with controversial ideas and a large readership will probably land book deals and speaking invites. We are tempted to build a career around critique and deconstructing without ever having the responsibility of building something. The danger is that you can become parasitic: You live off the Christian scene you are critiquing. There is a world of difference between pundits and prophets.” --Mark Sayers

I do not believe I have controversial ideas. I certainly do not have a large readership. I do not have book deals. I would like more speaking invites (hint!).

I just want to declare here that I do have skin in the game. I’ve been at my church for 25 years—my not perfect church. I wouldn’t be who I am today without these people of my church. They know my skin. They know my heart. They know my passion—sometimes from when I run over them. They know me so there is forgiveness when I do that.

They know my sons. They have prayed for them all these years. For the one serving a 30-year prison sentence, they pray for him regularly. They send him Christmas cards and birthday cards. They feel like they know him even though he’s been gone 16 years.

And best of all, my church family are the ones who brought my prodigal son home. It was them. It was not me. It was their consistent and tenacious outreach to him. And when he slipped recently, they ran after him. For this, I am forever grateful. I know he is alive (not exaggerating) because of these people.

This is my foundation.  I can espouse my brave thoughts here because of it.  I can live my brave life because of it.

I just wanted you to know.

Be brave.

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About Be Brave

Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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