Mental and emotional determination; courage; in facing difficulties, adversities
Patience and fortitude conquer all things Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason. Francis Bacon, Sr.
Fortitude increases our determination and focus and allows us to take on life. Randall Burkhalter
Having fortitude as a quality of character is like carrying a shield into battle. It gives us valuable protection while at the same time giving us courage. As a result we are able to advance on life rather than retreat from it.
When we are sure of ourselves we have less difficulty in facing the tough issues and adversities lying in our path. The elements of doubt and fear have less effect on us. We are able to withstand and overcome them and move through them. Fortitude allows us to approach uncertainties and difficulties with little thought of negative consequences, we do not let such thoughts stop us. We have blinders preventing us from thinking or seeing all of the possible reasons that we might fail. Fortitude allows us to have the immunity we need to defeat such things.
The pages of history have recorded the names of many who are great examples of fortitude. The signers of the Declaration of Independence are wonderful examples of dedicated men who exemplified fortitude. These men put fears and concerns behind them, and went forward seeking higher purpose. We learn from such examples.
Fortitude is something we definitely need if we are to make the most of what life offers. Life largely gives us what we expect and demand from it. It gives us back in proportion to the blood, sweat, and tears we give it. Those who live with little expectations tend to reap very little from it. Life does not give us something for nothing. Those who give it their all; those who suffer and endure through adversity; those who do not take “no” for an answer; those are the ones who triumph. The words are easy to say, the actions and the commitments do require much more than words. Life rewards those that pay the price. There is “no free lunch”.
The qualities and strengths that result from having a spirit of fortitude are available to all of us. It is not something that is given to us. It is something we create from within. It comes from the depths of our being. No one can prevent us from attaining it and no one can take it from us. If we have it, then life becomes more of a teacher and mentor that will guide us forward, without it we are more like a slave with life being our master.
Challenge: Do you possess fortitude as a quality of character? If so you likely find that life rewards you for your effort. If fortitude is missing, you may be one crying “why me”? Life mostly gives you what you expect of it. It does not give easily; you must be determined and focused to what you want. If you are, the more your fortitude gets you there. The moment you determine to get more out of life is the moment you start reaping the rewards.
Wisdom: Perfect wisdom hath four parts: wisdom, the principle of doing things right; justice the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not fleeing danger, but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing. Plato
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
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. II Timothy 1:7
God does not want us to live in fear. He wants us to be brave and courageous and face the adversities, trials and tribulations that come our way. If we were able to totally comprehend God in all of his wonderful perfection, we would be without fear. The only fear we should ever have is the consequences of living life without Him. The closer we walk with God, the more intestinal and spiritual fortitude we will have to protect and inspire us.
Prayer: Help me to know without any doubt that there is nothing in this life to fear.