Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Something I'm Learning

Webster's dictionary defines courage as "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." I so long to be a courageous person, but this seems really hard. So here's what God has been teaching me....

The kind of courage that the world admires emulates bravado. It is almost a swaggering, proud bravery that can stand against what is wrong. But I am here to tell you that I don't have mental or moral stregth. I really don't. Not one bit as a matter of fact.

What I do have is a source of strength to draw on. In my Bible Study recently, God has taught me that a child of God must have the kind of courage that is different from worldy courage. "God's child must have the courage that carries on for God in spite of difficulties, hardship, and rebellion, and to do so, if necessary, for many long years."


Do I have what it takes to make a "long obedience in the same direction?"



Shelli said...

I've often wondered the same thing of myself. But you know what? I'm always given the strenghth and courage whenever I ask for it. It's God given... not me created. You can absolutly have that kind of enduring courage if your focus is on the one who grants it. We've all got to stay strong and faithful but it's hard. Especially when Babylon creeps in... He never promised our road would be smooth did He? Keep the Faith (what a bad George Michael song!)

Luv you!

Lisa said...

You're exactly right. Life is not good (even though I love the shirts!), but God is good. I so love that you did a George Michael tie-in. We would so have been friends in high school.

Sherry said...

Oh, absolutely. Our God is mighty and He who began a good work in you will complete it!!!