I read this the other day and wanted to share it with you.
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you!”
It’s all about the mindset by which we proceed through life. Do you ever feel afraid? Fear can creep in and cause us to doubt ourselves if we let it. Everyone has been there. What makes us afraid? Fear of failure, fear of disappointing people we love, fear of heights, fear of . . . you name it!
At the time I wrote this, we had just gone through a horrible night of tornados and high winds in Alabama. There is so much damage and destruction. My heart goes out to all the people who suffered and experienced loss or hurt. When I was in high school, our home was struck by lightning. I remember the night vividly. It was April 1, and I was scared to death. All of us were fine, but our home had significant damage. Fear became real in our lives. Every time a thunderstorm was predicted, I just cringed inside and felt panicky.
It took a long while to become less afraid of thunder and lightning. When my twins were 6 weeks old, we had tornados overhead. I was alone with them and frightened. I had to muster the courage to get us to a safe place and take shelter. I gathered up those 4-pound babies and found an inner room. Thankfully, the storm passed over us, but I realized I had to take courage to protect my sons and overcome my fears.
I just loved the last sentence of that quote: Courage means not letting fear stop you. Wow, that’s powerful! Fear must never stop us from accomplishing what we need to do. We must have courage to rebuild, forge ahead, and never stop.
For our friends across our nation who were victims of the storm: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33 (NKJV)
Our love and prayers are with you all!