What’s this? #bravescotland trending worldwide on twitter? As a proud Scot this grabbed my attention!
It was of course because of the release of the new Disney Film set in Scotland of title ‘Brave’ –a land of brave people. The film trailer makes it look good fun so I do hope to see it soon. The high profile the film will be a welcome boost to our tourist industry in this most ‘drookit’ and ‘dreich’ (Scots for wet and dreary) of summers (though beautiful in St Andrews today as I write this)
The film title got me thinking about whether ‘brave’ was a word that that could ever possibly summarize an entire people! Are we Scots really braver than any other?! Scotland the Brave goes the anthem!? Any truth there? Dunno, but glad to accept it! (Hey, who wants to be known as a nation of cowards?! ) Clearly we have some debt to Mel Gibson I feel…..
When you watch the trailer you read lots of stirring lines.
“Are you willing to pay the price for freedom will cost?”
‘If you had the chance to change your fate – would you?’
Both lines posing a challenge indicating a truth that bravery requires an active step forward.
As I reflected as to whether the Scots are any braver than any other nation, it dawned on me that whether we always feel like it or not the people of God are called to take that step forward and to be a brave people. Bible verses command it such as
“Be strong and courageous and do it.” (1 Chronicles 28:20) and
“Do not permit yourself to be fearful “John 14:27
As I listened to a talk on the persecuted church the other week it really made me appreciate how brave some Christians are having to be. With a calling to support our brothers and sisters in Christ perhaps today you could be connecting with organisations such as Open Doors or the Barnabas Fund and find out a little more about their work with the persecuted church and find out how to support and pray for them?
Perhaps today God is calling you to be brave in your own life,, to take that step forward and as the praise song goes to ‘be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you’.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” says God’s word (Hebrews 13:15)
Maybe today is your day to stand fully on that word, to get out of the boat and see that with God’s help you can do it.
In meantime, love to know if the film Brave is worth the watch!