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Have Courage: 7 Ways to Tackle the Giants in Your Life
Courage is considered by some to be one of the most important human virtues. Having courage is sometimes easier said than done. Learning how to be courageous, even if it’s just to ask for a well-earned promotion, doesn’t mean an absence of fear. It means feeling the fear and taking action anyway. Life requires courage. Unfortunately, a lot of us lose sight of its importance, meaning, and power.
Have the Courage of a Lion
Whenever I’m fighting the challenges that make me fearful, the story of the Cowardly Lion comes to mind. You see, the poor lion was faced with the biggest challenge of his life in the forest he had called home for so long. He was filled with feelings of shame a guilt because of his perceived cowardice. Yet somehow, along with his friends, he pushed forward bravely and set out to save Dorothy and Toto. With a little helpful guidance from the Wizard of Oz he conquered his fears in a burst of courage, fearlessly taking on the wicked witch. The lesson here? Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s taking action in spite of it. Keep in mind, you don’t need to wait to have courage. You can have it every day, in every situation.
Here are seven ways to have courage every day and tackle the giants in your life.
1. Consider Your Perspective
Are you looking up at a giant or is the giant too close to you to really tell if it is one? Take a step back and change your perspective to get a good idea of what you’re dealing with. Maybe it’s not so big after all. Maybe it’s smaller than you think. Keep this in mind – in most cases, FEAR is really “False Evidence Appearing Real”.
2. Consider Probabilities
Isn’t it unlikely that the worst thing you’re imagining is going to come to fruition? In most cases, our minds make things seem larger than they truly are. Do some research and arm yourself with information. What happens if your fears become reality? Step through each fear.
- Ask yourself, is it likely to happen?
- If so, what might happen?
- How will I, with God’s strength, tackle the issue?
You’ll probably find that you can live with the outcome and that the outcome you imagine is not likely to happen. If it is likely to happen, prepare yourself and keep reading.
3. Understand the Source of Your Courage
To participate fully in life you need to know the source of your courage. How do you find courage when fear towers over, threatens you, and makes you feel like cowering and fleeing? The answer is God. Have confidence in God’s promises and ability to fulfill them. Know the source of courage; God is the source (Samuel 17:45).
4. Put on Your Armor
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11 (WEB)
Protect yourself from fear with the Armor of God. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Prepare for battles today, especially when you know for certain they are coming. With God by your side, you can overcome any obstacle.
5. Don’t Worry About What Others Think
There are always going to be people who try to force their opinions on you. While you should listen, and consider wisdom from your mentors and others whom you look up to, it’s important to understand where they’re coming from and what their motivations may be. Are they looking out for you? Are they fearful of the outcome?
If David would’ve heeded his brother’s chastising or listened to Saul’s advice, he may not have faced Goliath (1 Samuel 17:28 – 30). Instead, he pursued his plan. He knew he had God in his corner. Plus, he was prepared. He had the right armor for the job and was skilled at slinging; likely having practiced many times while protecting his flock.
6. Unify with Other Believers
There’s nothing quite as inspirational as surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded, supportive people, including fellow believers at your church or in your community. When you unify with other believers, you collectively experience the ultimate source of courage, God’s love.
7. Trust in God
If you find yourself stuck in a fearful state, the most important thing to do is give yourself to God. Trusting in God is a critical factor that moves you from barely surviving to flourishing. Trust God and know the battle is already won (John 16:33). Don’t wait until everything is perfect. Prepare for the battle you know is coming and be ready for the ones you don’t anticipate. Step out in faith and have courage every day.
1 Samuel 17:45
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields;
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
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