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..
The Summer of ’12 was the summer of superheroes: Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor in “The Avengers,” Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spiderman.” Each of these characters looked “bulked up” for their latest comeback.
In a study at the University of Buffalo participants were asked to rate how much they liked and/or were familiar with Batman or Spiderman. Then they were shown a photo of either a scrawny or buff-looking Batman/Spiderman and asked to rate their mood, self-esteem, and body esteem.
Participants who had a strong bond with the superheroes and were shown the muscular pictures recorded higher body esteem. When given a test to access physical strength, this group actually registered more strength!!!
Bonding with a superhero can make you stronger!!!
I think there’s validity to this study. Media figures do have psychological effects on people. People form real bonds with them. And, if this is true, aren’t you wondering what bonding with Jesus could do for you?!! Yeah! Bonding with Jesus!
A superhero possesses extraordinary or superhuman powers dedicated to protecting the public. Oh yeah! I’m seeing Jesus as a superhero. Aren’t healing people, raising a few from the dead, and coming back to life superhuman powers? Jesus is dedicated to rescuing anyone who is willing from a life of dread and offers an afterlife. Oh yeah! Bonding with Jesus! Build your self-esteem! Find help!
You may be way into Batman and Spiderman and Ironman. That’s great! Do so. But, think about bonding with another superhero who can help change your life…Jesus.
(Jesus speaking) If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. Matthew 10
Amanda Beard is happily married and a proud mom, finally at peace after years of struggling at various times with depression, bulimia, drug abuse, and toxic relationships with famous men while feeling unworthy of the swimming success that made her an Olympic medalist at 14. She has recently published a memoir recounting her good times and bad times. It’s called In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.
Amanda kept her physical and emotional problems hidden behind a big smile. She didn’t confide in her family, her friends, or her coaches. At the first no one could help her because no one understood what was happening to her. She was silent about it.
Do you ever act like this? You have problems, but you don’t want people to know about them. You’re embarrassed to talk about them. Or, maybe your family was a loving family, but one that just didn’t deal with problems.
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46
God doesn’t want us to have to live like that. He wants to help you with your problems. But, there a catch to his helping: You have to be willing to tell him about the problems and you have to be willing to accept his help. That help may come in many forms. It may be someone in your family offering their support; it may be a friend offering relief; it may be someone in your church providing your rescue. Wherever it comes from…you…have to accept it.
Asking for help is not weakness. Asking for help when you need it…is smart. Get better. Go on with your life. Perhaps, the day will come when you can pass it on.
To launch the TNT television network in the country of Belgium a big red push button was placed in the middle of an average Flemish square in an average Flemish town. A sign saying “Push to add drama” invited people to use the button. Click here to see what happened: PUSH TO ADD DRAMA
Does that look like your life sometimes?!! And, some days you don’t even have to push a button to have drama in your life, do you. Drama is part of life. At your work place, at your school, in your home, it can show up anywhere. The problem isn’t how do you get rid of all the drama in life; the problem is how do deal with the drama in your life.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34
God doesn’t promise to end the drama in your life. There will be trials and trouble in this world. How does God help? He’ll help you to develop the strength and the endurance and the patience to get past the drama. And, there’s more. Some people are defeated by trouble in their lives, but God will strengthen you. Not only will he guide you though the drama, but you’ll end up learning how to cope with such situations. You’ll be a better person.
With God it’s not as simple as your pushing the “Easy” button, but you can find what you need to move to the finale of your drama, and become a stronger, better person in the process.
“Man, everyone came through, we all gave 110%!” How many times do you hear athletes and others say those words. Of course, that’s impossible. Once you’ve given 100%…there is nothing left to give! There is no “extra” 10%. At the moment you hit 100% of the energy you had, you would fall flat on the court or field. You’re done, spent, finished. Your energy? It’s all gone. Giving a 110% is just an expression we use to say we did all we could do.
Here is something amazing: God can give 110%. Yes. He can give 120%, 150%, 500%! God has infinite power and strength…and love. Think about the love of God. People say: You can’t outlove God. That is so right! Here’s how some kids described it. Jamie, age 8: “God’s love is bigger than 999, 999, 999 gallons of chocolate milk.” Catherine, age 8: “God’s love is bigger than people’s love, dog’s love, and everyone’s love.” Are you getting the picture? If you tried to pour God’s love in a cup, you would fill it and then it would keep overflowing…and never stop.
Think about the person you love more than anyone else in this whole world. Is it your child? Is it your spouse? Your mom or dad? Grandma or Grandpa? Your best friend? God loves you…more than that. Amazing, huh.
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Psalm 36
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” That’s an old saying that Kelly Clarkson has used to write a great song. In the chorus she says:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,
Stand a little taller,
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone.
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter,
Footsteps even lighter,
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone.
You gotta love her fighting attitude. Her life’s not going to be over just because her guy left her. She’s going to move on and be stronger for it. But…it’s not always that way. It’s not always that easy. Sometimes, it’s complicated. How do you deal with life when you don’t feel like you can go on?
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31
It takes courage to face the trials and bad situations of the world. God realizes that courage may not come as readily as Kelly Clarkson’s. He can give you the strength to face life. It’s the ability to react, knowing that God has your back, that makes it possible. Hey, if you need it, God will take the lead, he’ll go on ahead of you! God is stronger than anything in this world.
If you go through a bad situation, I hope you’re the fighter Kelly Clarkson wrote about. But, if that’s just not you or it’s just not your day, God can cover you any which way you look. He will not fail or abandon you.
Check out Kelly singing her song here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xn676-fLq7I