I’m stealing snippets from my genius boyfriend, @masterteak’s recent blog to caption this post, so bear with me, and read my tidbit at the end:
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1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
“The unknown – the risk – the dare – the danger – the destiny; the Dauntless. From Veronica Roth comes an epic story of defiance and deviance in the face of social stratification; in the setting that diverging from the norm, the class, the prime meridian warrants a death sentence. Defying society set in stone with the ability to break it is the context of this novel I recently began to read.” >> @masterteak
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The thing about bravery is that everyone is brave pertaining something other than the next person. Our bravery is different from one another because our fears are different from one another.
Essentially, bravery cannot exist without fear. But also, one cannot be brave unless you have already conquered fear.
And that, for me, is the crux of being DAUNTLESS.
In my journey with Christ I’ve often had to face some tough situations. Yes, some deeply personal and intimate, and others relational. Regardless of the “fears” I’ve had to face, I have learned that bravery is much rather knowing yourself, thank knowing your enemy.
Allow me to place this in context.
Taking on the devil never is a walk in the park. But, I’m not referring to spiritual warfare alone. In essence, taking a stand is warfare in itself.
In battle it is less important to know an enemy’s weakness than to know your own strength. Yes, weakness and strengths do in fact influence the way a battle goes, but ultimately, within the context of FAITH, it is not weakness, but love, that overcomes.
1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Scriptures says that love casts out fear. And Christ — the personification of Father’s love — lives within us. The embodiment of Holy Spirit empowers us to cast out fear.
So, being dauntless — what’s it about?
When Tobie and I watched the film, I told him that the Dauntless faction reminded me of a young pack of wolves tearing about with lots of energy, but little discipline or guidance.
In my opinion, being dauntless is not wily freedom or the spirit of rebellion — testing the limits and shouting into the void. Much rather, DAUNTLESS implies a strong hand that has ben trained in battle, a heart that is sure of the fact that it is loved, a shield that covers its own as well as its brother, and faith that roars like a lion.
Proverbs 28:1 the righteous are as bold as a lion.
So, my dear friends, may you be dauntless. May you know your identity in Christ, and may you have the faith to move mountains.