Sunday, February 10, 2008
By: Tammy Trent
I pray this word on courage challenges all of us today.In our day-to-day lives, the virtue of courage doesn’t receive much attention.
Courage is a quality reserved for soldiers and firefighters it seems.
Perhaps you were taught to avoid being too bold or too brave.
It’s too dangerous.
Don’t take unnecessary risks.
Don’t draw attention to yourself.
Follow family traditions and on and on.
But a side effect of overemphasizing the importance of personal security in your life is that it can cause you to live reactively.
Instead of setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with gusto, you play it safe.
Keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you.
Settle in the unsatisfying relationship, even though you feel dead inside compared to the passion you once had.
Who are you to think that you can buck the system?
Accept your lot in life, and make the best of it.
Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat.
Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction.
Does this sound like you?
No doubt there exist real dangers in life you must avoid.
But there’s a huge gulf between recklessness and courage.
I’m not referring to the heroic courage required to risk your life to save someone from a burning building.
By courage I mean the ability to face down those imaginary fears and reclaim the far more powerful life that God has given you.
We all fight…. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of going broke. Fear of being alone. Fear of humiliation. Fear of public speaking.
(Believe it or not that is totally ME and my fear – LOL – speaking in public)
Fear of regret. Fear of success.
But somehow we have to realize that courage can’t always see around every corner, but goes around them anyway and trusts the Lord with each step we take.
How many of these fears are holding you back?
How would you live if you had no fear at all?
Would you be more willing to take risks?
Would you speak up more often, talk to more strangers about Jesus, dive headlong into those ambitious projects you’ve been dreaming about?
What if you even learned to enjoy the things you currently fear?
What kind of difference would that make in your life?
When you look in the mirror what do you see today?
Or, have you previously convinced yourself that you aren’t really afraid of ANYTHING…that there are always good and logical reasons why you don’t do certain things? It would be rude to introduce yourself to a stranger, you say.
You shouldn’t attempt public speaking because you don’t have anything to say.
They’re just rationalizations though – think about how your life would change if you could confidently and courageously do these things with no fear at all.
It’s time to find the courage to take your future back and trust fully in the promises of God. Jeremiah 29:11-13
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; Do Not be Discouraged, For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!!!
Lead us all through today Jesus and help us to take courage in you as we face life and our circumstances head on!
A fellow Traveler,
P.S. Come by today to http://myspace.com/tammytrent and check out some new ruff mixes from my new CD that will hit stores July 2008.
The new CD is simply titled, “STRONGER”.
P.S.S. Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 28th at 12pm CST, to catch Tammy online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/godunplugged for a 30 minute interview with author Amy Hagberg. You are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions during the show by calling (347)324-5425.