“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Take that in for a moment…
Many of us have an idea of what courage is, but don’t know the extent of courage or how to show it in our own lives.
Webster’s Dictionary defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.”
The word “courage” comes from the Middle English word “corage.” The Latin prefix cor- means “of the heart.” So courage is a condition of the heart. So possessing courage must start with the heart.
When I first read the definition, the “without fear” part astounded me. When facing someone difficult, it is very hard to not be afraid to any extent. But when Jesus lives in our hearts and guides our lives, we all have the ability to show courage. If we put our whole trust in Him and remove any and all of our earthly desires and tendencies, we will be courageous as we pursue God’s plan for our lives.
Colossians 3:1-10 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”