Courage requires fear.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
Everyone seems to have their own opinion of what they think courage is. Too often we are led to believe that in order to have courage we must be fearless to begin with.
But that’s not true!
Fear is something we all share but may not readily admit. Courage is the willingness to face those fears despite being afraid. Especially when we know God is with us and promises not to fail us. I was not only a witness to this but also personally experienced it several days ago.
You see, last Friday I had the awesome privilege of speaking at our church’s Women’s Fall Conference.
My very first speaking engagement and one in which I had the honor of sharing the platform with 4 wonderful women. I am inclined to say, after chatting with each of them on an individual basis, fear is something we all shared.
May be not with the same level of intensity but, we shared it, nonetheless. Just about all 5 of us had never before stood in front of an audience, on our own with our vulnerability fully exposed.
Personally, I try to avoid anything that makes me feel afraid but, I had committed to speaking at our conference and, honestly, I really wanted to. I believe that, had I bowed out from saying yes to this event, it would have made it easier to bow out from future events. I can no longer see saying “no” as part of God’s divine plan or purpose for my life. Nor do I feel it is right to encourage and challenge others to embrace courage, if I am not willing to do so myself.
Even so, fear of the unknown and fear of failure taunted me for several weeks as I prepared my message. I imagine it could have been the same for my fellow speakers. Still we were determined to push forward in obedience. I believe that if we were not afraid, it might not have been a challenge for us. And speaking on Friday night was definitely a challenge that will help us to grow, gain experience, preparing us for whatever else God has for us in the future.
“Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.” Psalm 119:35 NLT
It was certainly a joy to hear these women recite poetry and share stories and testimonies that were beautiful reflections of God’s faithfulness and grace in their lives. Wonderful women who showed guts in their willingness to step forward in obedience. Choosing courage in spite of fear so that in their obedience, others could receive hope and encouragement.
COURAGE PUSHES PASS FEAR
Is this not what Franklin D. Roosevelt was talking about when he said,
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
Feeling scared but doing what God ask us to do anyways because we know the benefits far exceeds any discomforts we may feel.
You know, fear is indeed, a liar. None of the awful “what ifs” I had envisioned actually took place. No cotton mouth stifling my words. None of my papers going flying off the podium . No tripping over my own feet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they couldn’t have happened but they didn’t. Honestly, so much of what we worry about and fear, never end up happening.
All those what ifs. Simply distractions and lies sent by the enemy to derail God’s children from stepping out in faith and moving forward in obedience.
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I’m sure glad I stepped out in faith and obedience but more than that, I feel a great admiration for my sisters in Christ. Four women who chose courage in spite of fear, standing tall in beauty and grace as they brought honor to God and received the joy of obedience in return.
Sweet friends, let us be encouraged as we continue to courageously journey together by faith. God bless you!