“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
At the suggestion of my daughter, Amy, I’m rereading Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is set in Depression-era Alabama and focuses on the Finch family, which consists of son Jem, daughter Scout, and their single-father, Atticus, an attorney.
In the story, Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping the daughter of a notorious white family. The decision to do so brings all kinds of hatred and trouble upon the Finches. At one point, Atticus forces his children to spend time with an elderly neighbor who has been among the Finch family’s most outspoken critics. Later he explains his reasoning to his children…
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Real courage is knowing you can’t win before you start, but choosing to start anyway. Not only starting, but also finishing. It’s fighting the uphill battle against evil in the world. It’s sharing your faith with others knowing many won’t listen. It’s inviting people to your church knowing 9 out of 10 may say no. It’s befriending the unpopular knowing others will criticize you and may withdraw from you. It’s doing the right thing when you know nobody but God will notice.
Courage is standing for God when it’s not popular to do so. Courage is picking yourself back up when the world has knocked you down, and standing for Him again, and again, and again…–Dave
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