I previously shared how I was stretched Beyond the Comfort Zone. As a police wife, I’m learning to have a Braveheart; not Mel Gibson style, but the Melinda Merritt version.

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve wanted to give up, I would be a wealthy woman.

If someone were to ask me to define the word Brave, I can assure you, I wouldn’t consider myself worthy to fit the description. I would never meet the criteria of what I believe the word “brave” means.

I look at my husband, strapping and strong. It brings a sense of pride and a smile to my face as I watch him suit up for work. If only I could express how grateful I am for this man. He is a man of integrity—a man who cares for people both on and off the streets. In my eyes, he and his brothers and sisters in blue who don the familiar uniform are the Brave ones. They are the ones that look fear and evil in the eye, day in and day out. They are the quintessential meaning of Brave. Not me. I’m not … “brave.”

You see, I’ve often heard the quote – “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Without an official source to give credit for this quote, I go on to say this. You have to be consistent to be Brave. You have to have endurance to be Brave.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).

I would love to look you in the eyes and tell you whatever your calling is, it’s going to be easy. I would love to tell you there won’t be opposition, there won’t be discouragement, and there won’t be rejection. But that would make me a liar. So instead, if I could pull up a chair next to you, with an arm around your shoulder … I would say, “I don’t know what your calling is. But I know, at times, it will be difficult. You will likely face moments of opposition, discouragement, and even rejection. But friend, like that famous quote once said … ‘Nothing worth having comes easy.’ The pain you face today will be worth it.”

Those are words that have been spoken to me. And these are words I speak to you. Be Brave! Brave isn’t a one size fits all. Your Brave may or may not wear a uniform. Your Brave may or may not stand on a stage.  In fact, your Brave will likely not look anything like the Brave next to you … but whatever it is, it’s yours. And take heart in knowing we all have access to the same source where that Brave comes from. His name is Jesus. He has my heart, and that makes me Brave. 

Hit your knees first in prayer. Then step out, knowing, if you don’t tire of doing good … you WILL reap a harvest. It will be a harvest at the perfect, God given time. If you are simply willing to not give up, it’s our promise to cling to.

I don’t know about you, but I’m clinging; Braveheart and all.

“Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬).