Guts

St. Louis the CrusaderCourage; 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, an inner strength that enables us to take on tough challenges. Someone with “guts” is to be admired for their courage and bravery.

   We must have a sufficient amount of “guts” or we will not likely fare very well in life. Too many of us are too complacent and are not always prepared to pay a price. Life is an ongoing obstacle course. The timid, weak willed and fearful of us do not advance very far. They tend to shun life’s obstacles as much as possible. Those with courage and conviction and those that are willing to fail in order to advance, are progressing forward. Those staying in the confines of their comfort zones, allow their fears to keep them from progressing very far. They are like the tortoise who keeps his head inside his shell. There is security to be found within our shell. If we stay in our shell; life passes us by; leaving us out. We will miss out way too much on what 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 which takes action, “jumping in” and even “throwing 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; and a willing to take risks and maybe fail. Possibilities of failing, falling down or going backwards is worth the risk in order to receive the rewards. Life demands that we be willing to risk something, at least some discomfort, in order to move forward. If there is no risk in achieving success, everyone would be successful. There would be no cost or effort involved in our growth. There is always a better us waiting to be discovered. It may take having a few more “guts” to get there.

Challenge:Every day is an opportunity to grow courage. 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 more observant to see them. “The sign on the door of opportunity, reads, push.” Take a deep breath; go ahead and take action and “push forward.” Just do it.

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 leans toward giving us what we ask for. If we do not ask or expect, we get little or nothing. On the other hand, God has given us talents and abilities. He expect us to be good stewards of our abilities and for being prepared to take advantage of the many opportunities coming our way. If we stay hidden inside comfort zones, we will miss out on much that life is offering us. Let God lead us out of our comfort zones to a better life.

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

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