'Each of us will give an account of himself to God.' Romans 14:12 TLB
You have to be up to stepping out of your comfort zone when you follow God. This means that, if God directs you to, you'll need to do things, either for him or in his name, that your family, friends and colleagues may not understand or agree with.
Timid people tend to feel safer doing what others do; they are fearful of breaking the mould or standing alone. Anytime you step outside of the boundaries of what others think is cool or normal, you risk rejection, but you can't allow that to keep you from fulfilling your God-given purpose. Confronting criticism becomes a little easier when you remember that ultimately 'each of us will give an account of himself to God' (Romans 14:12 TLB). Yes, it stings when you're criticised, but if you're to succeed at anything you must have the same attitude that Paul had: 'I care very little if I am judged by you... it is the Lord who judges me' (1 Corinthians 4:3-4 NIV).
When you're courageous, it doesn't mean you're not afraid, it just means that you know that the 'cause' is worth standing up for. Courageous people can handle being the only ones who dare to do something radical for Jesus. This means being a 'revolutionary,' like Jesus was while he was on earth!
So what now? How could you be a revolutionary? By standing up for the marginalised, by showing love when it's hard to, by speaking the truth in a negative environment. By showing others who Jesus is! Be radical.
Soulfood: 2 Ki 24-25 Mt 26:1-25 Ps 19 Pro 8:6-7,