Intestinal Fortitude

St. Louis the CrusaderGuts, courage, bravery; strength for tough challenges

Patience and fortitude conquer all things. Emerson

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason. Sir Francis Bacon

Our intestinal fortitude comes from deep within. It is the courage available to us when we really need it. Randall Burkhalter

Chances are most of us have had to face tough challenges or very demanding circumstances. We did not know if we were up to the task or that we could rise to the occasion and to do what needed to be done. Time was spent in fear and anxiety thinking we could not stand up to what faced us or that we were too weak to gut it out and get through whatever was confronting us.
We have within strengths and capabilities that are available to us if we will only choose to call upon them or to take advantage of them. We are stronger and more capable than we realize. It is within our ability to do things that we think we cannot do. Intestinal fortitude is an innate strength of will and determination that lies within. Some of us have more of it than others. All of us have some of it. It is that special energy, extra horsepower, burst of strength of will that is accessible to us when really needed.
There have been times and there will be times in life when we seem to be overwhelmed with circumstances, challenges and bad situations that stop us cold and threaten our security and well being. Our life gets turned upside down or at the very least sidetracked. Such times require that we look within, reach down into our very being and find the needed strength to overcome our difficulties. There have been many tragedies caused by tornados, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. People’s lives are all but destroyed. In some cases, all that is left is their life. They did not die. Somehow, some way, the survivors find ways to do what it takes to start putting the pieces back together again. Part of the human spirit is finding the strength to do what it takes to survive.
We do not have to wait until tragedy strikes us to take advantage of our intestinal fortitude. It is there, available and waiting to be used regularly and routinely. Imagine what we can do and what we can accomplish if we start using it more often. An Einstein quote says that if we always do what we have always done we will always get what we have always gotten. What if we started implementing a little more intestinal fortitude to take on tough tasks, potential opportunities and even fear itself?

Challenge: Sometimes you need a little extra to get through tough times, special challenges, or past status quo and complacency. It is too easy to accept things as they are and do nothing. It takes a special desire or special effort to get going. Your intestinal fortitude is available to give you the extra you need. You have used it before and can use it again and again. Reach within, grab hold of it and use it to provide the difference you need.

Wisdom: You gain strength courage and confidence every time you stop and really face fear in the face. You must do that which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Fear, doubt, worry, all kinds of negatives exist because of our inadequacies, weaknesses, and short comings. They are “holes” or “voids” in whom and what we are. These are there because we are separated from God or do not have a sufficiently strong enough relationship with him. God is there to help us, strengthen us and to help us become the wonderful creation he intends us to be. It is up to us to ask him for his help. He will not force us.

Prayer: Help me to do a little better, have a little more faith and courage, each and every day.


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