A Courageous Life


I just recently saw the movie “The Help” in which the mother of a main character said something that still rings clearly in my mind; “Sometimes, courage skips a generation.” I suppose it’s easy to say one has courage when life is comfortably isolated or protected in some way. My guess is that each and every one of us has or will have an opportunity to display courage. It is the opportunity to change the course of events if not in our own life, but in the lives of others, and very often both. From the movie we know that courage is not the absence of fear. On the contrary fear has everything to do with it. The question is, fear of what; change or remaining the same, the greater good or physical self-preservation, God or Man? We also see that courage takes sacrifice, and if you truly believe in the action or path you have chosen to take, one must be prepared to lose some things that were never intended to be lost. The good news is that we never lose God’s love as expressed through people who have always loved us; parents and family, the dearest of friends, and sincere mentors (council). So when the day of courage comes take confidence in knowing that you are steadfastly prepared and God has chosen you not because of your fearlessness but because of your fear. (Exodus 1:8-2:10).

Exodus 1:8-2:10 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.

Matthew 10:28 Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 

Romans 12:1-8 Do not be conformed to this world,* but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD

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