A Vision of Courage

Several months ago, a movie entered into the Christian society and leaked into the mainstream that challenges men, fathers to stand tall for their families.  It shows us what it means to live for Christ by putting family first.  It shows us what it means to be Courageous. 

NOTE:  I have not actually been able to see this film, but I’ve only heard good things about it.  As one friend said, it changed how he loves and it strengthened his faith in Christians. 

Throughout this past year, we have seen courage in many forms.  We saw it in Joplin, in St. Louis and throughout the Southern States when the communities ventured out into the wreckage left by tornadoes.  We saw it in the faces of our families, friends, and loved ones who entered into war zones to fight for freedom.  I saw it in the faces of hundreds of AmeriCorps members as they went out to serve. 

We have examples all throughout our lives.  Children want to be Firefighters and Police.  We want to be warriors, knights, cowboys and indians.  We dream of finding new worlds, exploring the unknown and fighting the good fight. 

Courage is more than facing down death through our job and occupation.  It is more than finding something to die for.  It is more than standing up, than leading, than learning how to love to the fullest. 

Just over a year ago, a man wielding a gun killed six people, injuring another thirteen.  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, suffering devastating injuries that threatened her life.  Months of healing and recovery has brought her back to her feet and she continues to be an inspiration to this nation. 

Courage is more than something we can see, but it comes as a change in how we live.  In the past couple days, Giffords announced that she would be stepping down from her seat in Congress to focus on healing and her recovery. 

As she steps out of the spotlight, I am reminded again of the movie mentioned earlier.  It takes a lot of courage to focus on what is important.  Her family has come around her, Congress has united around this symbol of hope and our nation has united in hope.  This is just another example of courage that we see every day. 

I can go on and on about all the different people, the individuals who have shown me what it means to have courage.  From teammates who broke down in front of me to family who have served in the armed forces, missionaries in the dark continent to firefighters who enter into the flames, visions of courage are all around us. 

As Christians, we have even more examples of courage.  When we follow Christ, we must have the courage to go against the norms of society.  So we look to church leaders and to fellow believers for their courage, so that we may be encouraged by their strength. 

God Bless and PEACE


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