Courage (3)

Originally uploaded by MarkAllanson

"...Act with courage..."
2 Chronicles 19:11

Paul writes, 'Every detail works to your advantage...So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace' (2 Corinthians 4:15-17 TM). Note the words, 'we're not giving up.' Any time we want to move forward, obstacles are going to get in the way. And God's Word teaches us that we should expect nothing less. H.G. Wells asked, 'What on earth would a man do with himself if something didn't stand in his way?' Why would he make such a comment? Because adversity is our friend, even though it doesn't feel that way. Each obstacle we overcome teaches us about our strengths and weaknesses. It shapes us, makes us wiser and more confident. The greatest people in history were those who faced the most difficult challenges with courage, and rose to the occasion.

That was certainly true of Winston Churchill. In his book American Scandal, Pat Williams writes about Churchill's last months. He says in 1964, President Eisenhower went to visit the former Prime Minister. Eisenhower sat by the bold-spirited leader's bed for a long period of time, neither speaking. After 10 minutes, Churchill slowly raised his hand and painstakingly made the 'V' for victory sign which he had so often flashed to the British people during the war. Eisenhower, fighting back tears, pulled his chair back, stood up, saluted him and left the room. To his aide out in the hallway, Eisenhower said, 'I just said goodbye to Winston, but you never say farewell to courage.'

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Suz said…
It is good to remember that "any time we want to move forward, obstacles are going to get in the way." Yesterday, at the church I visited, the pastor talked about the importance of finishing the race. One can start a race, but when the going gets tough, it might be easy to get out of the race, take a break, justify why it's not that important to finish the race. I know that he was talking about salvation, but I also thought about other goals of maturity and development and fulfilling God's call.

Courage. Hope. Faith. Necessary pieces in the journey.
Pietro said…
I agree with Suz: even if sometimes Courage, Hope, Faith are hard to live.
"...But you never say farewell to courage". Sometimes we get to know people- or hear of people- who live so courageously, so boldly, that we are emboldened to go onward.
Loved this.
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