When you think of courage who do you think of? An NFL football player who puts his body on the line every Sunday in the fall? One of the Navy seals who was part of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden? Your next door neighbor who’s a firefighter? That lion in “The Wizard of Oz”? I’d say those are all examples of courage.
But, I think courage happens everyday to people like you. People like you and me, quite ordinary people. Here’s a definition of everyday courage: Even when life hits you hard, you keep on going. Isn’t that what courage is? The ability to do something that frightens you? The strength to stand up and face pain? Life is certainly frightening and painful at times.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40
God promises to give you renewed strength. To be there for you. When you feel yourself slipping, reach out. Grab the hand of God, he’ll pull you to your feet again. And, one more thing, God never breaks his promises. Never.
Look around at all the courageous people in your life. You might see one of them as you look in the mirror. Need a little boost today? Need to renew your strength? Reach out..
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How can someone do what Austin Anderson did? Think about that. We’d all like to say we would act like he did, but I honestly don’t know what I’d do in a situation like that. He must have had a fierce love for his friend Hannah. Nothing indicated they were dating, just good friends. Yet, he spent the final moments of his life saving hers. That’s the kind of friend you want to have. I don’t think he even thought about it. He acted spontaneously. This courageous young man, who had already survived two tours in Iraq, was willing to give his life for his friend.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3
This is the love of Jesus. A spontaneous, unconditional love. It’s almost impossible to understand. What kind of love is it that is so great that a person is willing to give his life for another? Yet, this is what Jesus did. This love is spontaneous. It’s like when you love your spouse or child or parent so much that when you act in love, you don’t think about it, you simply act. How many moms and dads have you heard say they would give their lives to save their children? They would do so without considering what might happen to them. It’s that kind of love. We throw the word love around without thought for its meaning. But this spontaneous, sacrificial love…isn’t that the kind of love you’re looking for?
Today. Consider looking to one who willingly gave his life for you. His love is true, freely given, spontaneous.