Courage

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“Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope.
I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”
Joshua 1:9b NIrV 

Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a superhero. Most of the time, it’s like they act without a single ounce of fear. They see a problem and without thinking they jump to the rescue to save the day, conquering evils and injustices in their tracks.

But I’m not a superhero. In fact, none of us will ever be a superhero or have some super-human power from an alien planet or radioactive spider bite. But with or without the super powers, we will face moments in our lives when it feels like the odds will not be in our favor, the obstacles will seem overwhelming, and we will have to overcome that which seems impossible. And when those moments happen, where will we find the courage we need to face the everyday enemies or evils in life?

In truth, we’re all called to do heroic things every day. And those moments can be scary.
One of the most difficult things we will ever learn to overcome is fear. In fact, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to become completely fearless. That’s why our goal as leaders and parents should be to help our children not become paralyzed by those fears, but learn what to do in the face of them.

That’s why we’re taking the month of October to discover what God says about courage as—being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid. Think about that—even when you’re afraid. The truth is, you WILL be afraid. So, the question is, when fear is present, where do you find the courage to stand up, or push through, or keep going?

Our goal as parents and leaders is not to raise superheroes, but to raise everyday heroes.We need our children to understand, because they believe and trust in God, they have a unique source of strength and courage. There will be times when we’re going to be afraid. But we can trust in a God that is bigger than us. And put our hope in a God who is with us and is in control of every situation. Because of God, we can find the strength to be courageous, every day heroes.

The 5 Bottom Lines for this month are:

You can do what you should even when you don’t know what will happen next.

You can do what you should even when you don’t feel ready

You can do what you should even when things seem impossible.

You can do what you should even when others are afraid.

You can do what you should because God is with you.

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