Courage is….

In our devotions this morning, Wendy and I read “for everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. – Eccl. 3:1.  It was entitled “Facing the Future with God.”  and raised the point that life is filled with surprises….life is filled with change.  Change of course is not easy for most of us – well depending on what change you’re talking about.

Change the weather from winter to summer and we’re fine with that.  But change our favourite show, how Facebook works,  how we get to work and we’re unhappy.  Change something that brings us discomfort and you’ll really get us worked up.

But change comes to us all.

That got me thinking about courage.  It takes courage to face change – especially change that has a price attached to it.  Ask me about moving.  I don’t like it as much as I use to.  Once upon a time moving was an adventure with “new” tatooed on every turn, every new door.  Now moving brings about some pain with change.  Boxes, packing, lifting….new dentist, doctor, hair cutting place (I know what you’re thinking!)…yes all those changes have some pain associated with it.

Courage is the required factor is facing change – but courage is strengthened by faith.  Faith is, according to The Bible, a gift from God.  When we have faith – we have the ability to face change, face our fears with confidence.

I think it was Phil Calaway who said courage is fear that has said it’s prayers.

Psalm 37:23-24 puts it this way: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”

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