Courage

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A quote that inspires me during challenging times is, “Courage is not the absence of fear; rather it is the ability to take action in the face of fear,” by Nancy Anderson. I was so intrigued by the way the word fear was used in this quote that I looked up the definition of the word courage. The definition states: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”

The definition of courage includes fear. I think for many people, including myself, I often omit the element of fear. I somehow conjure up an image of courage as being something grandiose and beyond my ability. When in reality, courage exists where fear is present. Sometimes, courage appears to be a stance or action that feels meager in contrast to our circumstances or fears.

Yet, for me, it makes it easier to act in a manner that is courageous when I look at courage from the proper perspective. Opportunities for growth and change are often disguised within circumstances that appear daunting and challenging. So, whatever you are facing today that requires action and scares you, just do it; do it scared. You’ll be amazed what you find on the other side of your fear!

Not the Path I Would Have Chosen

I would not have selected the path the Lord has chosen to take me on for the last several years. It has been painful, difficult, longer, and more challenging than I would have liked. The Lord’s path has also made absolutely no sense to me.

But, the path He chose has brought about the most significant and profound changes in my life. I am a completely different and better person. There is a place of such depth and breadth in the Lord that I would not have experienced any other way.

And even though this is not the path I would have chosen, I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t want to do anything to alter the course that helped shape me into the person I have become. Sometimes, the greatest blessings are found along a path we wouldn’t choose for ourselves.

Inspiration is Everywhere

Inspiration can come from anywhere and take any form. And it usually appears right at the moment you need it the most. It is a little nudge to keep you going or to help redirect your course in the right direction.

I have a very unique relationship with the Lord. I see Him as an integral part of everything. Because of this, I see Him in a lot of places that most people don’t think to look, and places that people don’t recognize that it is the Lord trying to interact with them.

The other day I was really struggling and having a hard time staying in a positive place. I needed a little inspiration to help get my focus back in the right place. I decided to take a walk to clear my head. Early in my walk, a bright yellow cab with the words “FAITH CAB” drove past me. It caught my attention and caused me to pause and think about the word faith for a moment.

A few hours later, I decided to take a break and watch a show. I’ll admit, I was still struggling a bit and just wanted to relax in front of a show. Towards the very end of the show, the same phrase was spoken twice, “You just need to keep a little faith.” At this point, I was beginning to see a divine theme emerge.

Later that evening, I needed to run a couple of errands. I was standing in the back of a store when the words of the background music caught my attention. The song lyrics I heard were, “I’ll catch you when you fall and we made it after all … after all.” By now, my spirits were lifting and I was feeling better.

While standing in the checkout line at the same store, a woman in front of me had a t-shirt with the word “RAINBOW” on the back. The Lord knows how much I love rainbows. I love that they are the emblem of his faithfulness, His sign that He will always keep His promises. A smile was on my face by now.

I got into my car to head back home. A song was ending on the radio as I started the car. The only words I heard of that song were, “Things will get better than this.” I actually laughed out loud. The Lord had gone out of His way to drive His point home to me. He was doing everything to reassure me that He would be faithful to me and that He is taking care of the current situation I find myself in.

He gave me the inspiration I needed to keep faith that this situation will end and things are getting better for me. But I would not have received the divine help that I needed if I hadn’t recognized that the Lord was trying to communicate with me. So, how is He trying to inspire you today?

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