COURAGE: FACE LIFE HEAD ON
was greatly inspired by this… and i am sure it will save your life .. just thought share Be strong and courageous… you will be
prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8-9
Courage is the resolve to do something or
become something in spite of fear and opposition. Courage allows you to accept your fear, embrace it as a legitimate emotion and use it as fuel to accomplish specific goals. Fear is an irrational emotion that accompanies you as you move from the familiarity of your comfort zone into new and unknown territories. Courage is not the absence of fear, but
rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon
The courage which overcomes
all fear is the courage that is born of God who places a divine overcoming courageous-gene within you from his Spirit. Look deeply
within and you will find it. The Holy Bible states in John 4:4, you belong to God… You have already won a victory because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. It is manifested when you develop a healthy, realistic
perspective of who you are in God and when you realize what he has wired you to do and to become. Courage will cause you to set plausible goals and dare to exceed your own expectations. Courage is what it takes to
accomplish your dreams and vision. Courage is the womb from which great leaders, innovators and trailblazers are birthed. Courage causes great achievers and champions to look within them-selves to find the mental, moral, emotional and spiritual strength to realize their goals, reach their fullest potential, alter their destiny and prevail over hardship, pain, disappointment, failure, moral challenges and danger to their personal self and well-being. All of us face something that challenges us. All of us face some kind of fear. It could be fear of
people, fear of being alone, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of change or fear of commitment. Did you know that everyone is challenged at some point in their life’s journey with some
kind of fear? Even people that we may perceive as not having any fear at all have had moments when they had to push pass fear. The blessing does not lie in having no fear, because there is a healthy fear; like the
fear of God. The blessing, however, lies in the efforts you make in working toward becoming mentally, emotionally and spiritually stronger and more skillful at what you are wired to do, until you are empowered to face and conquer your fears.
God gave Joshua the encouragement he needed and he went on to become one of the most powerful commanders the nation of Israel ever had. He had to learn the art of conditioning his mind to succeed at life and to win. You must learn the art of mental conditioning. Gird up the loins
of your mind (I Peter 1:13). Do not quit and give into your fears. Assume the posture of a conqueror.
Barak Obama said, “Making your mark in the world is hard. If it were
easy, everybody would do it. But it takes patience, it takes commitment and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It is whether you
let it harden you or shame you into inaction; whether you learn from it, or whether you choose to preserver.” Courage gives you that unction to
push through those moments when giving up is an option. Courage is that drive that causes you preserver when funds are low and the pressure to perform is high. Courage will cause you to preserver in spite of mistakes and mishaps. Theodor Roosevelt said, “He who makes no mistakes, makes no progress. It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strongman stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, [who faces his bear, lion or Goliath-sized challenge]; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who
strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those coward cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Making mistakes come with leadership,
innovation, growth and maturation territories. If you are to succeed and to become great you must take risk. And in taking risks, there is always the risk of failure. But successful people start, were failures finish. It takes a lot of courage to move beyond the familiar and to release the elusive guaranteed and secured, to embrace the new. But there’s no real security in things that no longer excite or ignite.
There is no real benefit gained by staying with things and in situations that no longer hold meaning for you. There’s more security in the
adventurous thrill of pursuing new accomplishment vistas and dreams. True empowerment comes when you movement toward a change or a new desired goal, no matter how small.
Movement and motion is the proof that life exists. And it is the moving on from your comfort zone into the unknown that requires the most courage. You must take courage and never buckle under the weight of criticism or the fear of failure. Keep moving. Failure gives relevance and significance to success… they exist on opposite ends of the same continuum. Persevering in spite of your failures is important. It is
the only way mankind has been able to progress. It will be the only way you will make your dreams come true. When I think of courage I think
of the Wright Brothers and Thomas Addison. Without courage Wright brothers would have never persevered beyond the many failures and go on to invent the airplane. Let’s not talk about
the invention of the light-bulb… it is recorded that Addison failed 10,000 time. Had he stopped after his first failed attempt we all might still be sitting in darkness today.
Making your mark in this world takes a lot of courage. You will be challenged on every front. You will have to withstand the cruel winds of controversy and criticism. You will have to fight your own inner voice to quite, give up and to become another part of the status quo. Indeed
courage is success’ quintessential ingredient. Martin Luther King Jr. Stated: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and
convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” There is an African saying, “no shaking”… translated: take courage. And dare to make your mark.
Hear the Word of the Lord taken
from Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Dr. Cindy Trimm