Running a little low on courage? Finding courage is not so easy, you say? I know; you are thinking, “Why should I be the one who acts courageous? Look around! You don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate!”
Hmm…need I say more? If no one acted courageously, and set the example for others to follow, we would all be swallowed up in fear – and fear comes from the devil. When you lack courage and you are aware of what makes you afraid, it is incumbent upon you to face those fears.
For me, I have been historically afraid to take risks for fear of failure. If I think I am going to fail, then fail I will. It is a self-fulfilling prophesy. But if I face my fear, allowing God to show me the way to His definition of success for me, I gain confidence (another virtue) and develop courage to tackle all that He has asked me to do.
Have Courage and Do Unbelievable Things!
Because I decided to face my fear of failure at owning my own business, I am now accomplishing things that I never would have dreamed of in the past: I authored my first children’s book, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience. Book two, Finding Acceptance is in the works, as is a book of reflections on the virtues for adults. I am a public speaker for the Catholic faith, and I teach Theology at the university level. Had I never faced my fear of failure of owning my own business, I would not be where I am today – in a very happy place!
Some Things to Think About:
- What fears do you need to face?
- In what areas of your life do you need courage?
- What courageous changes do you need to do to live in accordance with God’s will?
- How might you be more courageous in defending Christ in the 21st century?
I don’t have the answers to these questions. This is something you will need to give some thought to, so that you may determine why you should embrace the virtue of courage. In the meantime, be not afraid! Have courage that Christ will always be right by your side, guiding you every step of the way, protecting you, and wanting only the best for you!