Be bold, but look to God. I've been learning this lesson over the past couple of weeks, and on my ride home from Bible study I was reminded of the balance that God calls for. Here are just some verses in James that have really been speaking to me....
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." 4:8b "Humble yourselves int he sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." 8:10 "Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'" 4:15
God's been teaching me to be assertive in my life and to stand up for myself. But that doesn't mean I should boss people around or be demanding. He asks that I be bold in my pursuits, and to focus on Him for guidance. To have a good work ethic and do the best I can at the jobs I've been presented with. To seek out friends who need encouragement. To seek out friends when I need help. To get active and healthy. To make a change in my life and to go at it at full speed, even if I don't know where I'm going or what I'm doing, but fully believing in God's faithfulness... looking to Him to take the lead.
* My posts are often very "up and down" emotionally, and it may seem odd how in one post I could be so pooped out with life and in another praising God for His blessings. This is just the way of my life... sometimes I get down, but He lifts me up. :)