The late John Wayne said the definition of courage is: "being terrified, but saddling up anyway." Going into battle for the bravest of hearts can be horrifying, knowing you may die, and never see your home again, or your loved ones again. What we don't realize is, each day we leave our home, we may not see it again. We may never lay eyes on our little ones, our spouse, or our parents. Of course we come and go each day without thought of this day may be the last day.
We need courage to live, and courage to take action. What I mean by taking action is, the courage to show love to those near to us before we walk out the door, before we lie down to sleep, or anytime we part company. Most of us don't show affection toward loved one from the fear of showing weakness, being lessened in the eyes of others. Or we may not show love because we don't "feel" love. We need courage to say, and more importantly, to show affection. Men especially don't feel it's manly to show affection, nor to bow their head to pray in gratitude over their food, not to mention bowing their knees to God for protection and guidance over themselves and their family. It wasn't always this way.
It takes courage to live. I takes courage to face the daily struggles in life. We fight to earn a living on the job, fight traffic to get there, fight for positions at work, fight an egocentric boss, and even fight to defend our benefits of lunch, or getting breaks. We fight to pay our bills, and to feed our children. We fight to resist drugs and alcohol addictions. The fight is unending and we need courage of divine quality.
"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning
him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for
his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord
his God." 1Sam.30:6 (NKJV)
In this story, David strengthened himself in God. How? He knew God's abilities, he knew how to pray, he wasn't ashamed to do so. He was a fierce man of war, unaffraid in battle, but could humble himself face down before people because his devotion to God far exceeded his worry over what people may say. David had great courage.
Consider your courage. I know my concern throughout life has been being accepted by others, I want to be part of "the in-crowd." But why? What has that gotten me? Fear is what I received for my trouble. Today, I have began, slowly, to reject the need of the "status quo," and give my life to the courage of living in Christ. I can show affection, I can bow my head in prayer, and even admit I'm wrong. God is making me courageous, and I am grateful. Ask him to help you to be fearless to standfast for His truth. Strengthen yourself in God.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith