Courage

The ability to overcome fear; facing difficulty and hardship with bravery

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. Robert Anthony

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. Clare Booth Luce

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. Cervantes

     Most of us fear the unknown. It takes courage to take on that which we do not know. This includes everything from life-threatening events to getting up the courage to get on the interstate. It may be as simple as being able to make a difficult phone call. Courage means having the strength of character to venture into unknown territories where we are fearful and lacking in confidence. It must take us out of our comfort zone and put us in position where the possibility of failure confronts us. It is something we must learn to do.

   A witty definition of insanity is: doing that which you have always done and expecting things to be different. Unless we can find the courage to do things which we have been afraid to do, we will remain stagnant and continue to do things as we have always done them. Physical exercise causes our muscles to get stronger. Our minds become stimulated through reading and having new experiences. We become mentally stronger. Every time we use courage to confront the unknown, it becomes easier to find the courage to take on the next challenge. We have within the ability and power to face the unknown, challenge our fears and to overcome that which stands in our way. Many of our fears, doubts, and worries are irrational and can be overcome through physical action. In the Wizard of Oz, the cowardly lion was in search of his courage. He always had it within him. All he had to do was have a strong enough reason to release the courage that was dormant within.  At the moment of his greatest need he found the courage he so desperately sought.  

   Sometimes it may require jumping off the diving board and making ourselves sink or swim. It may require putting ourselves into situations that compels us to take action. Courage and action are the answers to facing our fears, comfort zone complacency, insecurities; all those things that prevent us from achieving our potential. When we use courage to move forward we are on our way to success. Getting started is always half the battle. If at first we do not succeed, then we try, try and try again. If we are not trying: ‘We are dying.’ Every time we try, we are succeeding. We should be mindful of opportunities to face fears, take action, and move forward.

Challenge: Where do you find courage? You must make a determined decision to go forward. Take the plunge and jump in. Think of a present challenge that confronts you. Tap into your courage and step forward. Firm your resolve, and fortify your self-confidence. Even if you falter and fall back, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go at it again. The word failure does not apply until and unless you quit trying. Never quit, keep on trying.

Wisdom:Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson

Spiritual: (NIV)

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

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

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

God gives us courage and faith to face our fears. The Holy Spirit enables and fortifies us against all the powers and forces of the world. There is nothing stronger than God. He will not allow anything to be bigger than his ability and willingness to have our best interests at heart. In order to have the spiritual courage to take on life, we must understand what faith means and put our trust and hope in God’s abilities, promises, and faithfulness.  

Prayer:  Help me to be courageous! Help me to believe, to have faith, and to be that which I am capable. 

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