During a prayer time after church, my pastor's wife used Hip Hop as a metaphor for being big and bold (she's pretty cool). It made me think of how dance styles can exemplify certain characteristics that we need in our walk with God.
In Hip Hop, dancers have an attitude of not backing down, of putting it all out there. The movements are strong. There is no half-way. Hip Hop is unapologetic. It's bold. In the world, that boldness can be accompanied by hard-hearted rebellion. That's not what God is after. But he is looking for those who will stand up and stand out (just like BOLD lettering).
The book of Acts is full of references to boldness. After Peter and John were told not to speak in Jesus' name any more, they got together with their family of believers and they prayed. This is the end of the prayer recorded in Acts 4:
29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
And this was the result:
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Paul, even after being imprisoned, never backed down:
"He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!" (Acts 28:31).
We can't manufacture this kind of boldness. It is the result of the empowering of the Holy Spirit. But when God's Spirit is alive and at work in us, we can be BOLD as lions! (Proverbs 28:1)