by: Dr. Laurence C. Mascay
It is believed that courage is the most admirable among the human virtues. Possibly because of the huge impact courage creates and not all people have the same degree or level of it. Courage is closely related to bravery. However, the two have differences in essence. It is said that “Courage involves the presence of fear, while bravery never acknowledges any fear or hesitations. Courage entails a cause, most commonly love, passion, compassion, and concern. Bravery maintains its essence even without a cause.”
In the Scripture, Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of a great nation in Israel. He is to lead and bring the Israelite people to a place called Canaan or “The Promised Land.” Despite Joshua’s skills and experiences, unavoidably, he would go through discouraging and fearful circumstances in which he might fret. Therefore, God said to him: “This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Like Joshua, each one of us has assignments - in our homes, in the government, or in our workplaces to carry out and carry through. We do such out of love, passion, compassion, and concern. It also entails courage to do whatever is necessary and move towards success because fear and discouraging people and circumstances would cross our path, one way or another. Nevertheless, the God who entrusted us with the assignment would make us strong and courageous as we carry it out for His glory and the good of His people.
Each time we want to accomplish a noble aspiration, we have to exercise courage. Courage to defeat the odds, courage to overcome the fear and failure we might come across, and courage to push through until we reach or achieve such a noteworthy cause. We are men and women of courage not because of our education, position, skills, and experiences but because the Lord our God is with us as we commit and submit to Him.
Finally, as we continue with our lives and service that is full of challenges, surprises, and blessings, let us be guided by these words of a former atheist Kirk Cameron, “faith in God... produces character; character will produce courage, courage to face the challenges of the day.” Each challenge, whether great or small, is surmountable because of our God-endowed courage, and for the Lord is with us. Let us be strong and courageous in life and service!
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