DayBreaks for 7/11/16 – What Courage Is
Galen is on vacation. From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:
Sometimes wisdom comes from the strangest places. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the greatest insights about courage have come from those who have served in the military. I’m sure that sometimes we over-romanticize the courage of the men and women who serve, but by and large, I think they deserve our deepest and most profound respect for their courage and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice, if necessary, to protect those at home.
There are web sites where you can go to read stories about the brave soldiers, men and women alike, who have won the nation’s highest honor for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. The stories all amaze me. I don’t know how people do the kinds of things that these people have done. It is beyond my comprehension.
We’ve all hear that courage isn’t the absence of fears. Courage is perhaps the overcoming of our fears to do what needs to be done, but it isn’t the absence of fear. So how does the strength to overcome our fears come to us? How does it happen? Perhaps the great World War II general, George Patton, put it best when he describes courage this way: “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
Ah, there must be the key. The soul that is at peace with God, even in times of great personal distress brought on by an enemy who is literally trying to take your life, is the soul that is empowered to do the most remarkable and selfless things. It is a reminder of Jesus’ words to us about how we need not fear the person that can take our mortal life, but the One who can take not only our mortal life, but our eternal existence. But once we have made peace with God and no longer are worried about what man can do to us, our courage can take wings. It surely was the secret of the martyrs – there’s no other explanation for what they did.
I don’t know about you, but I could use more courage in my life to take advantage of all the opportunities to share Christ that are presented to me. My guess is that you could use more courage to do that, too.
Maybe it’s time we all go and say our prayers.
PRAYER: God, forgive us for our cowardice when it comes to telling others about the Lord Jesus. Give us the courage of the martyrs, and help us to full trust in You so that we need not fear any human ever again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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