"According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death." -Philippians 1:20
I love how God empowers us in the Bible. It says in Proverbs 28:1 that the godly are as bold as a lion. We're called to live a life of boldness using the gifts and talents God has given us, to glorify Him through our love and by our works.
Boldness, as defined by Webster, means "fearless before danger, intrepid, or showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit." (Webster's online dictionary.) It doesn't mean prideful, brash, obnoxious, or arrogant. Boldness and humility go hand in hand. Boldness encased in humility knows why it is bold - because of the assurance of faith and complete salvation in Jesus Christ, that apart from Him, we can do nothing.
It wasn't until a few years after my re-dedicating my life to Jesus that I realized that being timid was actually a character flaw. You can't be all that God has called you to be without being bold. God created all the color in the fish in the sea, the birds of the air, and all the rest of His creation. And we are called to be just as bold, and just as bright.
The world needs us to be living examples of the color, life, and the love of Jesus. Do you have the courage to live boldly?