Courage comes in all shapes and sizes, no doubt. Many things that we assume require courage actually do not. For example, having cancer requires no courage at all, yet people say to me that I am courageous. Going through treatment does not make me courageous, it makes me hungry…for life. It makes me desperate to do whatever I can to make sure I get to live the full life that I hope has been planned for me. It does not make me courageous, it simply makes me willing.
I think most days, life for ALL of us, requires a good deal of faith and courage. Faith to trust that God is in control and does absolutely, without-a-doubt have out best interests at heart and the courage to step out in faith and believe Him at His word.
However, courage is not always a big, bold action. Sometimes, it’s a little tiny voice inside you each morning that says you’re going to give it another try. Sometimes, it’s a simple statement: “yes, Lord.” Sometimes it’s speaking with a very shaky voice words that need to be said. Courage is looking your fear in the face and saying, “not today.”
Speaking of courage, I have a sweet new blog friend named Tara who writes over at createdtobebeautiful. Tara has been through some trials and is is exhibiting a great deal of courage through it all. She has a very kind heart and makes a beautiful effort at seeing the good in each day.
Tara is giving away a copy of the Courageous DVD that was just released this week (I think)! It’s by the makers of the movies Fireproof, Facing the Giants, etc. I haven’t seen the movie, but plan on watching it. I’ve heard it’s good. If you’d like to enter the drawing, hop over to her blog and leave a comment for her, but don’t waste any time – the contest ends January 31.
Good luck and I hope you win!