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Courage in the Little Things

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Courage. It's something we're going to exercise at one point in our life or another. Will we show our faithfulness and trust in God by stepping up to the task ahead of us-- whatever that might be-- or will we take the easy path and run away from our fears?

Often we associate courage with the grand moments in life. David goes up against Goliath with just a sling even when no one else will. Esther goes on a mission to repeal the king's command to kill her people despite the high probability of it leading to her death. Stephen doesn't recant his beliefs even in the face of a bloodthirsty council and instead continues to glorify God. (Acts 7)

These are all great examples of courage, yes, but often courage does not show itself in the form of a grand gesture and it's all too easy (and too convenient) to pass by the simple opportunities we have to display courage every day. It could be not laughing at an inappropriate joke our co-workers make or building a relationship with someone or even as simple as just saying something that needed to be said.

Courage isn't always about doing something big and grand-- it's the ability to do something in the face of fear. And as stated above, it's about actively showing our trust in God.

Too often the temptation is to think that the opportunities we have to show courage are too small to matter or that we're too young to make an impact, or that we just haven't had any opportunities to be courageous where we are. It's easy to be compliant; to tell ourselves that when we are in one of these circumstances then we will stand out and say something, then we will be courageous.

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much..." (Luke 16:10)

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who... entrusted to [his servants] his property... [The servant] who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more... His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." (Matthew 25 14-29)
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