I wonder how David felt just before he faced Goliath. Was he afraid? Was he facing the giant inside him before he even caught a glimpse of Goliath?
Either way we read in scripture how this young man stepped out in faith, conquered a giant, and brought glory to God.
Was Jesus afraid? He was afflicted, that much we know. He wept, He was in agony, and He swept drops of blood.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.- Luke 22:44
Knowing the journey ahead, Jesus was still willing to say to the Father, “Not my will but Thine be done.”
There are some days when I feel like hiding in my backyard behind a good book. That’d be the easy life. I don’t want to share my heart with you because I know there’s a good chance I’ll get hurt.
But wanting and doing are two different things. My pastor used to remind us to walk by faith, not by feeling.
The day that I shared my testimony on this blog was the day I broke down in tears weeping before the Lord. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Here’s the thing. Being courageous doesn’t mean that we won’t get hurt. In fact if we’re stepping out in a public forum there’s a good chance we will be facing a giant and we will get some stones thrown our way.
Even in a smaller arena like sharing your testimony with a friend over coffee or standing firm in your faith at the office can be intimidating.
Countless people want a platform, they want a podium, or they want a book, but the moment that the testing comes with it, we’re surprised at the fiery trial we’re faced with.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: – 1 Peter 4:12
In Job chapter one we read how he lost everything including his children, to which he said, “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 21)
A courageous person is one who is willing to say I might get hurt, but I’m loving them anyway. I might get stepped on, but I’m stepping out in faith.
The key to unlocking your fear is to follow your head, not your heart. If you know that this is the right thing to do, then step out in faith. Your feet might be shaky at first, but with each step you take you get stronger.
If you’re fearful start praying, and if you’re still fearful pray more. See how that verse above says, “And being in an agony he [Jesus] prayed more earnestly.”
If you knew me years ago, you wouldn’t have guessed I’d ever be a public speaker. I was about as terrified as you can get. Shaking like a leaf I’d stutter my way through a speech. I have some horrific memories of public speaking that I’d soon forget. I made a decision about ten years ago to do it, and stepped out in faith. So many times I’ve felt sick to my stomach, but I continued to practice and learn until I finally came to the point where I’m not the least bit nervous to stand in front of a crowd.
God equips those He calls, and part of the training we go through is pain.
I started a new project this year I call “Project 365.” My goal is to work out 365 times, maybe not in a year, but hopefully close to it.
Everyday I check off one more day on my list and I look for an encouraging quote to keep me motivated. The other day this one caught my eye, “I’m not finished when I’m tired, I’m finished when I’m done.”
Somedays I just don’t feel like working out, but I do because I’m thinking with my head, not my heart. And you know what? Even if I’m a little sore when it’s over, I know that I’m stronger than I was when I started.
Here’s a little video by Francis Chan on the topic of courage. I hope you enjoy it!
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