The Easy Road
The easy roads are crowded and the level roads are jammed,
The pleasant little rivers with the drifting folks are crammed.
But up yonder where its rocky, where you’ll get a better view,
You’ll find the ranks are thinning and the travelers are few.
Where the goings smooth and pleasant you will always find the throng,
For the many mores the pity seem to like to drift along.
But the steeps that call for courage and the tasks that’s hard to do,
In the end result in glory for the never wavering few.
Albert Einstein, during the war years, said:
“Times such as ours breed defeat and despair, but there remain, nevertheless, some few among us who believe to meet and overcome even the greatest challenges of this time. If we want to avoid defeat, we must know the truth and be courageous enough to act upon it and we need not despair. ”
Why did I start off this blog with this? Today is the second day of December and the last month of the year 2013. For me it was a year of defeat, victories, and learning. As we look back do we see something amazing shining through? Do we see the courage?
“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 if we suffer (endure), we shall also reign with him:” 2 Timothy 2:11-2a
The definition of courage, is when we do something that frightens us. But the object is not to look at that which frightens you ahead of time and then decide to be courageous. That’s like staring at a piece of chocolate cake so that you can stay on your diet. That is nonsense! We must focus on our attitude first.
Courage amplifies our attitude, demonstrates our fortitude and is only appreciated when seen in reflection.
Sometimes the best way to identify courage is by looking back at it. Did you do something last year you didn’t think you could do? Did you overcome an obstacle with God’s help that looked insurmountable? Make a list of these victories because they are your courageous moments. Take time to congratulate yourself and thank God for His help. Let those victories build you up. We have at our house something called “Success Corner”. Anytime someone has a victory or does something noteworthy we post it up on the bulletin board. As I look at it now, it’s crammed with all kinds of courageous moments and successes! Talk about building up your confidence.
Take time to reflect, but don’t take too long.
Courage is also about deciding on a journey and committing your vision for the things ahead. If a boat captain looked back at where he’d been, he might miss the rocks and waves in front of him. He must keep his eyes forward and concentrate all of his energy on the moment he is in.
We must do this too. Things coming in 2014 may seem rocky and hard to travel, but remember the view from the top of the mountain is far better than the valleys. For those willing to believe and act on that believing, glory awaits you. You may need courage for the final stretch of a journey or you may need courage to start a new one. Build courage one little victory at a time. Even when you fail, if you get up again you must count that as a victory. A fight is over when one opponent does not get back up. The great thing about God is; He equipped us for this fight, for this journey. He made us able to withstand our enemy and made us super conquerors. What if you went into this coming year with the attitude that anything you put your hand to you knew, with God’s help, it would succeed? Would that help you have courage? I think so! It does that for me!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
God Bless You Today!