Have Courage and Be Kind

Disclaimer: This is a revised post based off of a previous post. I find this post should be repeated.

In my room I have a collage of posters on my wall. Some are quotes, some are pictures, and the others are just artwork that I have done.

One of the posters says these simple words:

Have Courage and Be Kind

I want to focus on the first part of that quote; have courage. When I think of the word ‘courage’ I think of the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz. The lion thought that the wizard could grant him the gift or power of courage.

Courage does not come in a medal; it’s not granted to someone like a king granting a request; courage comes from within. And it’s born when we have confidence in something and then have the courage to tackle it.

The definition of courage is: the ability to do something that frightens one. And then one of the many definitions of confidant is: the feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

So, when we combine these definitions, we are talking about a person who is; fearless, strong, and not afraid of anything; willing to go into any situation without doubt or fear.

How many people feel that way on a daily basis? And further yet, these qualities say that there has to be something we are confident in to make ourselves courageous. And according to the second definition, what gives us the boost is our abilities.

I want you to think back to all the trials, hard-times, and difficult situations you’ve found yourself in over the years. How many times did you rely on your ability? How’d that go for ya?

How does any situation go when we are in or headed into a difficult situation, and we limit our confidence and courage to only human resources?

It is our natural human nature to do things by ourselves, on our own power. But when we go that route, we lead ourselves into a situation for disaster.

We cannot go into any situation fully relying on our human capacity, because we are humans living in an upside-down world.

As I said before in a previous post, the world is a mess. And there are very few things we can be confident in or fully rely on in an ever-changing world.

You can’t rely on the media for truth, or government officials to follow through with their world. You can’t even believe in the weather predictions.

The world is a topsy-turvy mess, you can’t have confidence in anything in this world.

There is just one thing we can fully rely on, without any doubt, and that is an unchanging God and His word of truth.

An unchanging God who can give us confidence; and we can discover how we can receive it. Through the pure truth of God’s Holy word, we find verses that tell us some of the qualities of being confident.

Because confidence does not work alone; you can almost look at confidence like a cookie. A cookie is made up of ingredients; it doesn’t stand alone. When you combine all the ingredients you get a cookie.

Confidence has ingredients; and we find them in Joshua 1:9.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This is one of two verses where we get the ingredients. This one is a direct command from God, and it is the second time God is giving it; the first person He gave it to was Moses.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Now it was Joshua reminding the children of Israel of what God had commanded them to do. And we find our ingredients; strength, courage, don’t be afraid, nor dismayed.

That is quite a list, and it can be difficult to be all those things, so sometimes our cookies are half baked or half made.

In in our meager human brains, we believe we can’t be all those things, because we get dismayed too easily.

The definition of dismayed is: experiencing or showing feelings of alarmed concern or dismay.

To break down the courage as by sudden danger or trouble.

It is very easy to get dismayed in this day and age. Nothing is as it should be, or was, in 2019. But though it seems like hope is lost, there’s a silver lining.

We have a God on our side that can take us by the hand, and He says “do not fear.”

Isaiah 41:13 says

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,

Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

The main ingredient in cookies that holds them together is eggs. Without that key ingredient the whole cookie would fall apart.

The last part of Joshua 1:9 tells us of our key ingredient for confidence and courage.

For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go

We cannot hide from God’s presence; He is with us always; because of that truth it should hold us together. Without God’s constant presence with us, we would fall apart.     

Psalm 139 talks of God’s unlimited knowledge and power, and because of it, we can be strength, courage, don’t be afraid, nor dismayed.

We combine all those ingredients and we will have full-fledge confidence and courage.

If we are all those things, we can be confident in all we do. If we go into a challenging situation, we can be confident God is with us, if we feel like the world is going mad, we can have courage knowing God is in control.

John 16:33 says

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

It is that God who has overcome the world, He gives us strength, courage, and confidence. The God who is unchanging.

Through those promises of God never changing, and never leaving us, we can be a part of that definition of confident, we just might have to reword is…

Confidence

A feeling of self-assurance arising from God’s abilities and promises.