Contagious Courage

You are stuck in a group where there are many differing opinions and personalities. Maybe in a group of ten people, there are three of you that actually speak up for what you believe in. You strongly disagree with what the one person is saying. You know there are other people in the group who feel somewhat the same as you, but they don’t say a word. Butterflies start a panic flap within you. You call upon your inner strength and you say with authority and confidence what you believe.

Suddenly the tables have turned. The loud mouth that no one really agrees with is quiet for a moment. In that brief spell of silence the rest of the group is empowered. The words you just spoke brought clarity to their feelings.

You have brought a shift. You have brought a change. You have just become the majority.

While listening to John Maxwell’s Leadership Minute this week he said this about courage;

“One person with courage is a majority.”

This is perhaps a bold statement, but as I have considered it I believe it to be true. When one finds the warrior within them and calls on the strength of the Lord, other people become released to take a stand as well.

The question is, are you going to be the one who empowers with courage, or the follower who waits to be enabled?

Courage is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as;

mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

As I have read some scriptures on courage I see that you must choose to be courageous. Let’s look at 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

There are three points I want to pull out of this passage.

  1. BE strong and courageous. This highlights choice.
  2. FOR there is a power far greater on our side. This is where we get our confidence. They can choose to be courageous because they know who their enabler is.
  3. Hezekiah’s boldness to speak those words greatly encouraged the people.

The people may not have had the courage to fight initially, but because Hezekiah chose courage first, before anyone else, he then empowered the people to join him in choosing courage. The majority then transferred from fear to courage and they rose up with the strength of the mighty warriors that they were and defeated their enemies with the power of the Lord!

I don’t know about you, but something rises up in my spirit when I read those verses! I want to be a Hezekiah that stands before the people and calls them to move from terror to triumph. How? By choosing courage because I have the hope that my God comes through.

There are many areas of our lives where courage is required. For me right now I am finding that where I have to be most courageous is following through in my choice to stay home with my son after my maternity leave finishes.

In the natural, it seems foolish to not go back to work and make more money before having other children. However, the Lord has spoken to my husband and I that he want our kids to enjoy the blessing of staying home with their mom.

It takes courage to follow through in this. I can do it though because I KNOW who my God is, and I know that he is a provider.

Your battle might be a lot bigger than that. Ask the Lord for the strength to be courageous today. Remember that when you gain the confidence to speak up, your empowering others to rise up as well. Before you know it you move from one person with courage, to a whole army ready to take back territory from the enemy!

Let today be the day that you find your voice of courage!

 

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3 thoughts on “Contagious Courage

  1. 🙂 Courage, thank the Lord he is my strong hold and shield and his joy is my strength.

    Thanks for the encouragement, as everyone does, I have my need for courage right now in life for a few different situations.

    I did the same thing, stayed home after mat leave. I haven’t looked back, much…, and find it takes less and less courage to admit I am happy to be at home full time.

    1. Thanks Rebecca. I think that we will always have need for courage, until we stop having to share Jesus! I love hearing about moms that chose to stay home. I love every part of staying home, just finances can be a little concerning sometimes, but I feel like this whole experience is really revealing in me what is important in life.

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