How To Be Bold As A Lion

The movie True Grit opens with a quote from the book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. A statement containing powerful truth, for sure.

But as I sat in the theater watching that movie, I had the nagging sense the screenwriters had left something out. So when I got home, I looked up the reference.

Lion portrait

The movie quoted only half that particular verse. The entire passage reads like this…

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1

I'm not really criticizing the film. For the purposes of that story, it was a quite appropriate use of Scripture.

While that's interesting to me, what's more interesting is how the second half of this verse applies to you and me. In our families, in our businesses, and in our lives.

The secret to being as “bold as a lion”-to being fearless, confident, and relentless in the pursuit of what we seek-is the conviction that what we are doing is what we are supposed to be doing.

A different way of saying it: when we are “on purpose”, pursuing the destiny that we were created for, we find reserves of courage and boldness we did not know we possessed.

If you find yourself feeling timid, fearful, even pursued… it doesn't mean you're wicked. But it might mean you need to reconnect to your purpose.


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  • Well said.

  • John Thomas

    Thought provoking post, Ray.

    Quick question, when a person feels disconnected or unsure of their purpose, how would you recommend “re-discovering” and connecting with that purpose. Curious to hear your thoughts on that.

  • William McPeck

    Thanks to this post Ray, I am modifying my 2013 strategy. It now reads: Action – As Bold As A Lion.

  • I found this post interesting as a reminder to be observant to the small events in life that can be expanded into a thought which can be shared. Thanks Ray, always worth the read.

  • If one is wishy-washy in how you do things, its so easy to walked on.. If one is bold in what one does, and you are not the one walking over someone else to get to the prize? Then that is true leadership. By leading by example..
    I saw that movie.. it was awesome in theater!

  • Jericho

    Well-said, Ray Edwards. I was brought to this site because that verse spoke to me last night, specifically as I’m going through a book by Stephen Mansfield, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men.

    The righteous are bold as a lion because they are connected to their God-given purpose, yes, and also because they can stand confidently with no shame, no guilt, and nothing that holds them back as a result of the righteousness they practice. This righteousness is not self-righteousness, but rather the righteousness Christ gives us when we believe in Him and allow Him to cleanse us of our sins.

    And with sins cleansed, guilt removed, shame thrown into oblivion, we can be the light atop the hill, boldly proclaiming the glory of God in the purpose He has given us:

    “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16