“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6

Maya Angelou once said, “I am convinced that courage is the most important of all virtues because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently.” Unfortunately, we are living in a world that is moving from courage to cowardice. Social media has given everyone a platform and a means by which to say really awful things about other people that they would never say to their faces. 

Beyond that, many of us will say things to our friends and neighbors about another person that we would flat out deny ever having said if that person confronted us directly. Though we know this is not the right way to live, it’s easy to feel trapped because society has lost the courageous art of having a civil discussion with someone with whom they disagree. To sum it up, we’re simply becoming less brave. 

Friend, as a Christian, you are called to courage. I’m not talking about the kind of bravery that wins a battle and defeats thousands, I’m speaking simply about being bold enough to do what others won’t do. Jesus was a trailblazer who swam upstream against culture and He calls you to do the same. In a world that’s shrinking back from having difficult conversations and shying away from the messiness of interpersonal encounters, you are anointed to make a difference! Step out in faith, trust God to give you the courage that you need, and watch as you are set apart and used by your Heavenly Father in a mighty way! 


Jesus, I pray for courage. I want to make a difference by doing the hard things that others won’t.


In what areas do you need a fresh infusion of courage today?

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