Well, first of all let me tell you that you do. Even before I start talking about a topic that I recently discussed with some friends, you do. What am I talking about? Join me for a little discussion.
Courage! You. Are. Courageous.
Have you ever felt like you were not qualified to do something you felt God was leading you to do? How about feeling scared to walk forward in faith literally walking by faith and not by sight? I have. Let me tell you its scary, I can feel myself starting to shake, palms get sweaty, and my pulse elevated over 100 beats per minute. Its not a fun place to be. But…I’ve had to show courage either for myself, for others such as a family member, my children, or even my spouse.
There was a particular time where I was going to apply for a new job as a nurse. My first one to be exact, right after I had graduated from nursing school. The interview process alone is enough to make you want to hide under a rock because you never know what they may ask you. It had been at least 5 years since I had held a job. After my twins were born I stayed home with them until the age of 2, then spent another 2-3 years in nursing school. So as a result, I felt like I was out of the loop of things.
I was asked a series of questions like, what makes me feel I am qualified for the position as well as how I would be a team player and add value to their facility. I felt like there were probably nurses being interviewed who had way more experience than I did or had been in the field for many more years than I. But I said a prayer and believed that God had sent me to that specific location for a reason.
Long story short, I was hired and given a start date of 3 days away. So many emotions were going through my mind. Excitement, worry, fear, anxiety. I was already mentally trying to figure out how to make my schedule fit into my already super busy families schedule without it being a burden to my family.
God works everything out for His good. When my plans align with Gods then things work out according to his will. He is a gracious, loving father.
We tend to worry about failures before they even occur. Fighting against Gods plan not with it. Allowing the enemy to crowd our vision instead of allowing God to take over. Its amazing the places God can take you if you are willing to give him control. It takes courage. And lots of faith.
Courage is something God wants to give you. You don’t have to have everything figured out all by yourself. That’s his job. All that he asks is that we are willing to release those emotions I mentioned earlier such as fear, worry, doubt, and replace them with peace, calm, positivity, and love.
He loves us (YOU) more than we can imagine.
Don’t show courage to make yourself look bigger and better, do it because God has given you what it takes to be courageous. For His glory that you may do what it takes to shine so others can see Jesus through you.
Another example of me struggling with showing courage is when I’m flying. I also experience the same symptoms I shared above such as shakiness, anxiety, sweaty palms, lightheaded, and accelerated pulse. Its not a good picture when I’m asked to remove everything in my pockets and my shoes for examination. Boarding the plane and hearing the engines and propellers is also not comforting. And by God, don’t let it be a day thats rainy or windy. The whole process from boarding, taking off, and landing cause me to fell out of control and to me that causes severe anxiety. (Haven’t quite figured out what my problem is, God has been so patient with me.)
But, what I’ve learned is that God is everywhere. Inside the place, outside the plane, in the cockpit with the pilots, as well as ahead of the plane guiding it to where it needs to go. So then I have no reason to be afraid. The last time I flew I took deep breaths, reminded myself of all this, and never stopped praying. God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good. We landed safely and I was okay. Courage. Let me tell you it took courage for me to board that place but it also took faith in the unknown for me to stay in my seat.
Say it with me, Courage! You do have it in you to be courageous. If you are facing a new job, a divorce, a child who has special needs, financial problems, writing a book, buying a new home, or starting a conversation with a new neighbor…YOU have what it takes.
Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
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.
Blessings my friend,