When we’re about to do something brave,
the heaviness we feel
is the weight
of all the spirits
we’re about to lift …
Is there anything more inspiring than seeing someone face their fears to do something truly courageous? Doesn’t it kind of make you want to be brave too?
Researcher Brene Brown says “Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.”
Maybe that’s why “Be not afraid” is the most frequent command of the Bible, listed 70 times in the NIV version. In John 14:27, Jesus said “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”
It’s is easier said than done. Even when God puts that peace in our heart of knowing the brave thing He wants us to do, it’s still hard to face our fears. Nelson Mandela said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Today, I encourage you to think about the faith role models in your life. Reach out, and thank them for the courage they’ve shown in overcoming their own fears. Also, please consider working through a fear obstacle in your own life, whether it’s big or small – every act of courage counts.
In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said “with God all things are possible.” The more fears you overcome on your spiritual journey, the more you can inspire others to do the same. We’re all in this together.
God, when we are faced with fears, fill our hearts with Your peace that surpasses understanding. Give us the courage to step out on faith, so we can inspire others to do the same and work together to make the world a better place. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
What are you most afraid of? How is your fear blocking progress on your spiritual journey? Comment below, and I’ll be happy to lift you in my prayers.