Courage, like character, is caught through contact. It is learned through leadership that models, encourages and expects it from others. Heroes matter. We live in a world increasingly falling to fear. As Christians, that ought not be. Perfect love casts out all fear. When we live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, there is nothing to fear, except as FDR once said, “fear itself.” Fearing fear is not an option for us as Christians.
Fear wreaks havoc in our lives; God created us to live with faith in Him, not fear of the future. Fear actually creates damage in our brains…in our bodies. There are legitimate things to fear…but we are not to fear the fear! We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us! We are to live in victorious faith that delivers health.
Sharing the testimonies of victory in Christ is one way to glorify God and encourage one another.
What testimonies encourage you? What is YOUR testimony that needs to be told?
Christ, of course, is the greatest hero of all time. Even He looked up to another. Christ never did anything outside of the will of the Father. Following the Father’s will takes a lot of courage. It called Christ to leave the perfect paradise of heaven to be born in a barn–and be rejected by the very people He came to rescue. Heroes don’t do things for applause–they do them because it is who they are.
Too many of our earthly heroes perform for praise; how sad for them. The praise of people is unstable. Popularity waxes and wanes…and eventually death deafens the praise anyway. Performers are not heroes who help us live better. We need more than that.
Examples of courage abound…in and out of the realm of Christianity. Every person is made in the image of God…and that image is glorious. Many who never profess Christ as their hero live with character and courage. As Christians, we owe every courageous person a debt of gratitude because their example is of great value to those of us seeking to live for Christ. Cowards cannot do the work of the King.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing stories of the victories of faith…stories to inspire courage. I invite you to share yours as well. You can share in writing, or we can set up a time for an interview. Let’s work together to give glory to God by giving the good reports that we need as we walk through this world!