For the last six weeks now I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday” (you can find all my Five Minute Friday posts in the ‘related posts’ at the bottom). The concept is simply writing for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on a given subject – and then sharing it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share.

If you’re a writer or blogger, I’d definitely recommend it – it really challenges and helps you grow as a writer. It’s certainly helped me.

The topics which Lisa-Jo comes up with each week have a funny way of calling out something God has been doing in my life that week. It’s strange that way – and it’s one reason I love it.

Today’s theme is ‘Brave’. I hope you like the post, please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. So here goes:

When we hear the word ‘brave’ we often think of taking big risks. Making a jump. To paraphrase a well-known TV show and film series, going boldly where no man (or woman) has gone before.

But I’ve learned recently saying yes to every opportunity for the sake of being courageous, or taking a risk, isn’t being brave.


It’s not taking a risk at all.

It’s actually more cowardly than brave.

I have experienced this myself recently. As I’ve grown as a writer more opportunities have begun to come my way. And because I’ve been so afraid of missing out on ‘the big opportunity’ I’ve said yes to most of them.

And, of course, it’s come back to haunt me.

Some have just been shunted to the side. And others have been completed, but not as I would wish. And yet more have been forgotten about for a period.

As a result, I’ve been completely drained. Lacking energy. Lacking creativity. And panicking about having to complete all of them. It’s actually caused me more anxiety and stress. Which isn’t condusive to great work.

I’ve spread myself way too thinly. And all because I wasn’t brave enough to say no. In my fear, I’ve said yes to everything

During this process, I’ve become convinced that a major sign of good character is actually being brave enough to say no to opportunities. To have the wisdom, discernment and courage to know when to say no, to do it with dignity

and accept the consequences.

So instead of saying yes to everything and draining ourselves, let’s be brave.

Let’s learn when to say no. And have the courage to do so.






This post is part of ’5 Minute Friday’ – today, on the theme “Brave”


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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...