Intestinal Fortitude

Bravery and courage coming from the gut,  from our character and from strength of will

Patience and fortitude conquer all things. Emerson

I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds. Louis Nizer

A man’s word and his intestinal fortitude are two of the most honorable virtues known to mankind. Jim Nantz

  Having a little stubbornness can be a good thing, especially when it is for the right reason. Sometimes life requires that we have resolve, a little persistence, and we do not and will not take no for an answer. There are things, causes and situations that are worthy of whatever it takes to defend and to protect. 

     We have a tendency to take for granted anything that comes too easily, things we do not have to work for or things that come without a worthy price to achieve or earn. Things that required “sweat, blood or tears” are more likely to be defended with all that we have. The easier things come to us; the less intestinal fortitude we are likely to muster to defend them. The less important they are to us, the more easily we will give them up if it requires any great price to keep them. It is probably safe to say “the easier it comes, the easier it goes”. The harder we had to work, the more we will fight tooth and nail defending it. We know these things to be true in our hearts. If our parents made it too easy on us, we have had to deal with toughening up our character and resolve. If we were overly easy on our kids we set them up for future issues and hardships they must overcome.

    The concepts of freedom and liberty are dependent upon intestinal fortitude to keep them from being taken away. Our country was founded by those who decided the price was worth the cost. Every so often, we may be asked to stand up and to protect what we have from those who threaten to take away it away. How many of us hold our liberty as dear and precious and we should? What price are we willing to pay to keep it? Do we have the intestinal fortitude to keep it from being taken away?

    It is easier to spot those who threaten us from the outside. We must be prepared to protect ourselves from those who threaten us internally as well. Do we have the intestinal fortitude or do we surrender our freedoms?

    Life does require having adequate amounts of intestinal fortitude to not only keep moving forward, but also, to keep someone or something from overwhelming us and taking what we hold precious away from us.

Challenge: Consider what is most precious to you. Chances are these things required your blood, sweat or tears to achieve. These are the things you defend by the courage of your convictions and strength of will and character. There are things that you may tend to take too much for granted, but are very important to you. What would life be like if they were taken away from you? What are you prepared to do to protect them?

Wisdom: The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Samuel Butler

Spiritual: (NIV)

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

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Sometimes it is extremely difficult to know what to do in tough situations. Should we be assertive and proactive or should we be more passive? Should we let something go or should we take decisive action? It often boils down to what are our true motives. Very often we do know what we should do, but God always knows. Life will throw some tough situations our way. It makes total sense to have God at our side, guiding and directing us. 

Prayer: Help me to have courage as well as compassion and to look to you to guide me.

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