Courage Drives Leadership Forward
Seven steps to develop a courageous heart
There are seven things you can do to become men and women of courage.
Courage is strength and incentive. Defined by Webster’s Dictionary, courage is the moral or mental strength enabling one to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty firmly and resolutely.
Reflect on the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 as you consider these steps to courage.
- Deepen your faith in God by trusting Him and obeying Him. Faith gives us courage in two ways:
- When we obey God we learn He is faithful. As we watch his faithfulness, it becomes easier and easier to obey Him.
- Faith also changes are perspective.
- Deepen your convictions and live by them.
- Count the cost before you go into battle. Identify what might be lost and determine ahead of time if you are willing to make the sacrifice.
- Remember your past victories.
- Face your fears and move into them.
- Use your own weapons.
- Recognize that sooner or later you will be wounded. It is part of finishing the fight.
What is one thing you are facing now or will be facing in the future that will require courage? How do you believe God would have you respond to the situation? (If you are not sure, how do your convictions, values, and priorities effect how you believe you should respond?)
Now consider what you stand to lose. Are you willing to make those sacrifices. If not, then re-examine them in light of your convictions, values and priorities. If you are still convinced the sacrifice is too great, do not engage in the battle.
However, if you are willing to make the sacrifices that may be required, continue by reflecting on past situations in which you have been victorious and overcome your fear. What weapons has God given you to use in this situation (such as intelligence, money, contacts, helpers, etc).
Finally, recognize that you may be required to make the sacrifice. However, wounded as we may be, there are great rewards for us if we have given our lives to Jesus and we live according to our convictions and beliefs.
Remember the rewards we seek are not of this earth. Let us not be blinded by what we can see with our eyes. The Bible says:
“For momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not see are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Therefore, with the Apostle Paul, let us strive to declare:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8