While there is nothing wrong with doing those things (in some situations, they might be very courageous acts), I eventually realized that this was not enough. Being a Christian meant living my faith.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8b (NRSV)
Living my faith at school meant being kind to people even when they weren’t being kind to me (but always letting a caring adult know if things got out of hand). My habit of wearing Christian jewelry and T-shirts might have seemed a little odd to my peers, but actually acting on my faith was really weird to them. Not every day was easy, but at least my classmates knew where I stood. I took comfort in knowing that God is always with me, helping me be true to the person God created me to be.
ACT ON IT! Try a new way of living your faith courageously at school, at work, or at home. Does it take courage for you to wear Christian gear or jewelry? to be truly kind to someone others exclude or bully? to talk about your faith with peers, coworkers, or parents? Try really living your faith, knowing that whatever you try, God will be with you!