A Day in the Life of a Pastor – ____ Hates Courage



I was picking up the weights in the gym to start a set of squats while the radio blared the end of a song.  Going strait to a commercial, I heard these words…

“Cancer hates courage.”

The promotion went on but I just thought about those words.  Even as I strained through the last few reps, I thought about the words.  Cancer hates courage.  It isn’t alone.

Struggle Hates Courage. Anxiety hates courage.  Pressure hates courage and Fear hates courage. (To name a few)

Lets be honest…life is hard.  Relationships are hard, work is hard, expectations are hard, even my relationship with God is hard.  Where does courage come in?  Everywhere.

Pastor Craig recently did a message that was so simple and so profound.   He said “we need to show up everyday, on time, with the right attitude and do our best.”  How does courage apply to this?

Pick one of those and tell me where it isn’t a challenge.  You might say I have that one perfected.  Fair enough but then you throw the rest of the world into it.  For example, I have a strong ethic about being on time.  I left a workout early so I could make an early meeting last week.  I promptly got into Tampa morning traffic backed up due to an accident.  Once I cleared the accident, I got behind three vehicles on a three lane highway that all felt compelled to go the speed limit.  Except for the last one, who was turning into my neighborhood…they wanted to go a comfortable 10 mph under the speed limit.  Being that we have two entrances, I went past that entrance and when I turned into the second one, was met promptly with a school bus picking up students.  And yes, the last pickup is in front of my house.  I was late, frustrated and not in a time frame to discuss the meeting’s topics.

Courage is defined as “mental or moral strength to venture,  persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”

Do you have it?  If not, better start building it.  John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  It is going to come. It can be as simple as being caught in traffic.  Or it can be life threatening like cancer.

Life is coming at you…courage is yours for the taking…what are you going to do?



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