The Beauty of Choosing Bravery

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The Beauty of Choosing Bravery

This morning I had the amazing opportunity to go canopy zip-lining in Western North Carolina. I am not a big fan of heights, but it is not debilitating. However, there was a woman in our tour group who we found out pretty quickly had overwhelming anxiety of heights. Placing this woman in a harness and on a zip line to fly over 100 feet in the air was no small task.

When the woman was nearby on the zip line tour, she fought hard and I could see in her face the battle going on in her mind. There were moments when she focused on the beauty of the trees and even shared some nature facts. From the outside looking in, that perspective was there within her, but she became overcome by her fears in the end.

I am not saying that this is not a fight, but the battle for our minds has been won by Christ. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When we are in a tough situation, it is understandable how we can lack peace, but Jesus is beyond our imaginations. The way in which we respond to anxiety can be a witness to others of the work of Jesus. No, we do not have to be fearless, but we can take steps to move forward through our anxious thoughts and choose to ask the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts and minds and to refocus our thinking on the positive and the productive.  

The truth is that the woman who was afraid on the zip line was going to give up after the first line. However, our group encouraged her with words and cheered her on. She ended up going 1/3 of the way and did four times as many lines as she would have done on her own. This reminds us that to be anxious and to isolate is defeat. When we press into the gift of community, or even just one friend or counselor to motivate us, we can go further and do more than we could ever have on our own.

Sometimes God places people in our lives to believe for us when we do not believe as much in ourselves. Ephesians 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

We all have various fears, but we can have transformed perspectives as we look towards the Lord who love us. We can remind ourselves of the truth, find the positive and productive, and press into the community. Even if we make small strides in the battle of anxiety, we can celebrate the progress. There is true beauty in choosing to be brave with the help of God. He grows our faith, we can witness to others, and we can recognize how He is helping us be refined more like Himself.

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.

Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and check out her Bible Study videos on Instagram @Emmadanzey.