The Courage to Do It

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

I thank God for my grandchildren because they are teaching me what courage looks like in so many ways.

As an adult, having gone through a number of trials and tribulations (and these never cease), it dawn on me early this morning how the Lord has placed the many different faces of courage right before my eyes.

I have six grandchildren, four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Each of my grandchildren is quite different and to be honest there are a few things I would like to change in each of them but I won’t bother because that is not my job—it’s God.

What I want to share with you today is about the courage to do it (whatever that might be for you, career change, starting a business, making major changes in your life, etc) and four distinct variations of courage that my four grandsons have and are showing me.

The first face of courage is how my oldest grandson seems to go against conventional wisdom (if there is such a thing) and move through life trusting God in full abandonment. Never mind the fact that he is constantly being told to do things, “this way” to get “what we believe or think are the best results” for his journey through life. His courage is that he is living his life unafraid of doing it the way others may not do it. Trusting God.

Then there is the next to the oldest grandson who is very methodically about how he sets his life course. This is a grandchild who is focused on making it happen and not merely just talking about it. His goals are before him and the family is witnessing each one, so far, come to pass. This type of courage he is showing us is to listen to God despite what others opinions might be. In other words, my grandson is paying heed to God and not man. Believing God.

Now, the third grandson was determined to use his athletic ability to get help him receive a college scholarship. He accomplished that fete but at the end of his freshman year, he realized that his athletic abilities, talents and skills were in a different place in his heart. What he desired placed him in a hard place. A decision to stay the course (stay in college) or pursue what God had placed in his heart to do. He chose the latter and is now living on his own, determined to wait to see where God where lead him. Faith in God.

Finally, there is the youngest grandson. He is dealing with teenage issues that have placed him in situations that have not always turned out in his favor. Yet, over the summer, his mistakes have provided him an opportunity to choose to lead rather than to follow. Peer pressure isn’t anything new but for a teenager it may seem like a critical life decision to abandon what is familiar (friends) and step out on faith to discover the unfamiliar by depending on God. This is another face of courage. Relying on God.

Oftentimes, the word courage is seen as overcoming physical challenges. But I am a witness that true courage isn’t so much what we see but what lies within us.

God has and does give us plenty of examples of courage in the Bible.

I know the one with the greatest of courage was the One who led a humble life.

Jesus is teaching me every day that the courage to do it requires that I have trust, belief, faith and reliance on Him and in Him only.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”  —Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

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