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Find Courage! Be Not Afraid!

Have Courage

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!

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6 Responses to Find Courage! Be Not Afraid!

  • Ginny, we seem to be having a theme of courage today! Thanks. Just highlighted this with another post about courage on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://www.christianpoetsandwriters.com. God bless.

  • I have been struggling with an illness that causes great fatigue, I offer it all up to God the good the bad and the ugly and I can honestly say he is at my side now and always. I pray to trust. In him and do what I can,when I can. Courage for all !

  • Thanks for this message. I struggle with fear of failing in my business though i am a born again Christian. My debts have made me to fear to risk but I trust God will see me and my family through. Please advise me

    • Hi Samuel:

      We all have doubts. That is normal because we are human. We cannot see things clearly because of our concupiscence (tendency to sin) as a result of Original Sin. Since we cannot see clearly, it is very important that we place our trust in Jesus to guide us. You seem to be doing just that – and that is a good thing! Here are some things for you to consider:

      1. Analyze how and why you got into debt in the first place. Were you making prudent, prayerful decisions on how money was spent? Was God a part of your decision-making process? You can always count on the Holy Spirit to give you error-free advice, through prayer, through a trusted friend, etc.
      2. Given an opportunity to do it all over again, what would you do differently? God allows things to happen to teach us life’s lessons. We never learn from success, but we always learn from failure. Failure is a natural part of life. If we never failed, then we would be perfect – only Jesus is perfect!
      3. With humility, ask the Lord for His help and mercy. He will give it to you.
      4. Seek financial guidance from a trusted advisor. Then place it all in the Lord’s hands, wanting only to do the Lord’s will.

      I hope this helps.



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