Thirty Seconds of Amazing Courage

I heard somewhere that sometimes all you need is 30 seconds of amazing courage. I find that gets me through a lot.

You probably wouldn’t know it, but I’m an introvert by nature. A lot of things scare me. A lot of frankly, stupid things, scare me. For example, I would rather email than use the phone. I HATE talking to people on the phone. Dumb, I know, given my career path. Yes, I would rather buy a gallon of Liquid Plumber and still stand in the slow draining water of my shower than call the plumber. But sometimes, I have to “screw my courage to the sticking place,” as Lady McBeth said, and just do the things that need to be done. Rumor has it, it’s part of being an adult.

I used to just make my husband do the things I didn’t want to do. “You call about getting the furnace fixed.” “Call and make an appointment for the car.” “You do it.” (He was a bigger introvert than me, so I was apparently pretty desperate to avoid the phone.) But now, I have to do all the adulting on my own, I can’t pass the buck.

But actually, I can. Truth be told, I’m getting pretty good at it. I find myself passing things off to God on a pretty frequent basis. Sure, he doesn’t pick up the phone and call to make an oil change, but he gives me the courage to do it for myself. He holds my hand through a lot of things these days. In fact, being courageous is pretty much an order.

Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)

There it is. “Be strong and courageous.” Trust me. Trust that I’m there for you. Wherever you go. No problem is too big for me, and no detail too small. I’m there wherever you need me.

When he was saying this, he was commanding two men to climb a cliff and defeat an entire army at the top by themselves. Well, them and him. All they had to do was have amazing courage for whatever variable of 30 seconds it took to climb a cliff. Then God was there. These two men who trusted God enough to climb a cliff and face certain death, made that army run because the power of God in them was so fierce.

Kind of cool, huh? God, the great high king of heaven, the creator of the universe, is there, holding your hand through all the tough stuff. It’s tough for you, but nothing is tough for him. All you have to do is have the courage to trust him.



New Year’s Choices

By Kim-Marie Coon

New-Year-960x140aIt’s the new year. New year. New choices. Some people call them resolutions, but I don’t like that term. Resolution seems like a word that will set you up and let you down. Why not call it a choice? I choose to get myself healthier this year. It’s a choice, I don’t have to do it, but I want to. I choose to buckle down in my studies this year. I chose to go to school, I now choose to spend more time doing the work.

But what if I take it a step farther? What if I choose to have a more Christ-like attitude? What if I choose to try to see others as God sees them? I can choose to reflect God’s grace towards me on to other people. I can choose to cut that driver ahead of me some slack when they don’t seem to understand the basic rules of the road. Because, really, like I’ve never pulled a stupid move. I could choose to let it go and not cause more problems. What if I choose to try to see the other guy’s side in a disagreement? The world could use more empathy. Or what if I choose to pay a stranger a compliment – I think her outfit is stylin’, what’s keeping me from saying that out loud, maybe make her day? We can all use better days.

Here’s my big choice though, I’m going to choose to trust God for everything. What’s holding me back? It’s not like I /like/ worrying about the stuff I can’t control (or frequently the stuff I can). What if I choose to say, “Hey God, I can’t handle this, you deal with it”? Do I doubt He can do it better than me? Even God’s worst is better than my best. God has been so faithful to me, especially during the sordid episode I call the last 21 months of my life. He has shown me over and over that He’s there, He knows me and He cares what happens to me. How many examples do I need to know that He’s going to handle the next thing, too? The world can be a pretty scary place. I can choose to be afraid of what the future may bring, or I can choose to trust God to have good plans for me. I’m going to choose to trust God.

Happy (and trusting) New Year, everybody!

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