Finding My Focus
It’s crazy I know, but a month or so ago I took one of those ‘Word of the Year’ quizzes. Truth be told, I can usually hone in on the area I need to focus on, but I thought it would be kind of fun so I did it. It was different than setting one of those elusive goals I rarely accomplish. So I answered the questions, submitted the quiz and up popped my word for 2019—COURAGE. As soon as I saw it I shrugged. I mean, I have plenty of courage, don’t I? Maybe most of the time, but not when it comes to the unknown. How about you? Have you ever wondered how to be courageous when you don’t know what’s ahead?
No Fear [Well, Not Usually]
Ordinarily I’m a pretty fearless girl. When it comes to my family I’m the Mama Bear. When I’m at work I’m in control. And, when I’m in charge of an event, it runs like clockwork.
But when I want to venture outside of the box, particularly with the next steps in this ministry, I’m faced with mounds of hesitation and ‘now what’ staring me in the face. It’s the risk of the unknown that scares me. Can you relate? Is there something in your life that you’re afraid to try?
Looking for the Root Cause
The definition of courage means: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. I realized I was letting three little words [danger, fear and difficulty] steal my courage and confidence. What is it that keeps me from being bold in the midst of uncertainty and why do I give in? Because I take my eyes off of Jesus and let my guard down when it comes to negativity and doubt created by the enemy.
I’m not letting fear take over my life and steal my courage any longer. Instead, I’m seeking Jesus more and more and growing in His Ways, His truths, and His promises.
Here are Three Ways to Help Us Grow in Courage
First, we can PRAY because God hears our every plea.
God answers our prayers. He may answer differently than we planned, but He gives us exactly what we need. He always has our best interest at heart. Praying to God for courage is a necessary first step. Paul and his friends prayed for boldness and God answered.
“And when had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.” Acts 4:31 NLT
Second, study the SCRIPTURES.
Scripture reveals God’s truth and promises. Sometimes we doubt our own confidence and courage but we can turn to Scripture for His encouragement.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God. He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Third, God COMMANDS us have courage.
God taught Joshua to be strong and courageous because the tasks he faced would not be easy. He does the same for you and me. Every time God says, ‘fear not’ there’s a reason to have courage and that reason is God himself. We are to follow Him and love Him deeply–just as He loves us.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
Why Courage is my WOTY
Growing our courage is God’s specialty. His provision is mighty and because I trust Him I can set aside my fear of taking risks. I can work toward the dreams I’ve penned for the future, and I can seek opportunities for this ministry to grow. Nothing is impossible when God is on my side.
Are you praying for courage? Are you done with letting fear hold you back? I hope you share your story with me.