Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” But understanding how and when to step in and lead by standing, speaking, sitting, and listening is more challenging than it looks. Every day we are sure to face off with challenges in friendship, education, athletics, business, marriage, and families that require different approaches and actions that will challenge our courage to the core. Many we will want to back down from, but God instructs us not to back down. In fact, his words to Joshua, a young man who took the baton from one of the great leaders of all time was...
“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.”—Joshua 1:9
DO THIS: Refuse to listen to your heart today about your circumstance, about your fears, and the future outcomes. Trust only God, his word, and be courageous and act courageous one battle at a time.
PRAYER: God, I have all backed down due to fear, often because I have convinced myself that the situation that lies ahead is more real than the words you have given me.