Have you ever seen those bold Christian people who without shame, share their faith? The ones who can go up to a random stranger and speak as the Spirit leads them, or challenge unhealthy ideas they understand are destructive? Have you ever met those Christians that bring up their faith repeatedly in public, not for attention, but because they believe? Have you ever felt like surely, their boldness must be more fruitful than a faith kept in quiet?
I recognize that we all have different twists and turns in this Christian journey. It’s not easy, and whether or not it’s easy to recognize it, following God can look relatively different between one person to the next. Though there are pillars of faith like prayer and reading one’s bible, the specific path the Holy Spirit uses to teach one person might be too lenient for another person. For some people who look particularly bold on the outside, following God when you just have to be content with what you have and buy into forgiveness can be altogether difficult.
Comparing one person’s walk of faith to another’s is functionally useless, except to learn from others. God can teach us a lot by observing the twists and turns he has other people ramble through. Whether it’s just to gain respect for how diverse God’s methods are, or to gain insight into similar situations in your own life, having other people’s perspectives is a beautiful part of living in community. Differences aren’t meant to make us feel inadequate, but to help us understand the omnipotent nature of God.
It’s much easier for some people to talk about God all the live long day than have to deal with being afraid of not controlling the future. It’s much easier to bring up God to others than stay steadfast in investing in specific people who are capable of teaching others. It’s easier try to control your life than to lead from example, submit to God’s authority, and trust that he already has it worked out. It’s easier to “hope for the best” than take active steps to be consistent (which may actually mean confronting your doubt). It’s easier to make plans than follow God’s plan. It’s easier to say something you mean in passing than demonstrate that you care through being deliberate.
If you really want to fight the big fights, trust God when you can’t feel his presence, but you still know what’s right. Not in every season is the presence of God easy to understand. Sometimes you don’t get perfect peace until you fight for it. So often, that fight looks like submission than making a fuss. The big fights are so often fought in secret. The obvious fights sometimes aren’t all that big.
We all get a portion, and we are all taught by a masterful teacher. The Lord knows what he is doing. Things are going to be alright. With even those struggles that seem insurmountable, there is nothing to be afraid of.