Courage; intestinal fortitude; nerve; backbone; audacity

It takes guts to get out of the ruts. Robert H. Schuller

There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success. Paul Bear Bryant

The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone. William Boetcker

     When we think of the word “Guts”, we think of courage. It comes from deep within us, an inner strength that enables us to take on tough challenges. Someone with “guts” is to be admired.

   We must have a sufficient amount of “guts” or we will not likely advance very far. Too many of us are too complacent and are not prepared to pay a price. Life is an obstacle course. The timid, weak-willed and fearful do not advance very far. They tend to shun life’s obstacles as much as possible. Those with courage and determination, and those that are willing to fail in order to advance, are the ones who progress forward. Those staying in the confines of their comfort zones, allow their fears to keep them from venturing very far. They are like the tortoise who keeps his head inside his shell. There is security to be found within the shell. If we stay in our shell; life passes us by; leaving us out. We will miss out on much that life has to offer.

    How do we get or attain guts? It must come from within. It is a determination, strength of will, a conscious act to take action, “jump in” and even “throw caution to the wind”. It is something “extra” that allows us to face our fear, overcome it, and take life “head on”. Sometimes it includes going forward with “reckless abandon”.  Having “guts” is a matter of courage and determination; sometimes it is a matter of “losing ourselves in the moment” and “putting it all on the line”. Having guts is on the opposite end of the spectrum from hunkering down in our comfort zone. It is a willingness to pay the price, whatever it is. 

     It takes guts to overcome fears and limiting beliefs; a willingness to take risks and possibly fail. The possibility of failing, falling down and going backwards has to be worth the risks in order to receive the rewards of success. Life demands that we be willing to risk something, at least a little discomfort, in order to move forward. If there were no risk in achieving success, then everyone would be successful, because there would be no cost or effort involved in attaining it. There is a better us waiting to be discovered. It may take having a little more “guts” to get there.

Challenge:Every day is an opportunity to grow “guts”. Use your guts, take action and go forward or fail by taking no action. Grow courage by having courage. Today, there will be opportunities for you to use “guts” to take action. It may be very obvious or you may have to be observant and find it. “The sign on the door of opportunity, reads, push.” Take a deep breath; go ahead and take action and “just do it.” Congratulations.

Wisdom: Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness, backbone, and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone who wants to get to and stay at the top. D A Benton

Spiritual: (NIV)

God does not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Life has a tendency to give us what we ask of it. If we do not ask or expect anything, we get little or nothing. On the other hand, God has given us talents and abilities. He does expect us to be good stewards of these abilities as well as being good stewards of the many opportunities that do come our way. If we stay hidden inside our comfort zones, we will miss out on much that life has to offer. God wants us to live life proactively.

Prayer: Thank you for all the opportunities that are waiting for me.


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