Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Courage to Go On No Matter What

Have you ever had to find the courage to go on when something difficult happened to you in your life? It could have been a parent that you lost, a child, or maybe even your spouse.

These things are MOST difficult, and not to mention that it's hard now to face job loss, foreclosure, and loss of insurance

When these things happen, what do you do? Do you go on alone, look for reasons not to go on, or do you try to find ways to cope through drug use, alcohol, maybe even gambling? Truly, there is only one way to make it  in life, and that is through power of prayer.

There is no doubt that courage can feel so far away at times, but it's always well within reach if you look. You can easily find everything that you need right within you. Let me share with you a story.

The Courage to Go On and Finding Life Precious 

A dear friend of mine, and someone that I dated in college had moved away to New York City upon his graduation from our college, and was uncertain of where he was living as he rented a place sight unseen, and he didn't really know anyone there.

He had taken a job with a highly regarded company, and he was thrilled, but he was going to be so far from his family, and with everyone long distance, he just felt so unsure of himself, maybe as if he should just decline the position, and stay where things were comfortable.

He ended up having a long talk with his dad who told him that only a few things in life are for sure:

  1. God
  2. God's love for us
  3. God is always with us, no matter where go 
While he understood that his dad was right on all accounts, it didn't make him feel any better. He moved, started his job, and everything was coming together nicely. He had even found a church where he began to make friends and life just seemed to set sail

Then, one day as he was walking home from his office, and enjoying his walk just after dark, he was attacked by a group of guys that beat him and robbed him. He was beaten so severely, that he was beyond recognition. He didn't know these guys and couldn't identify them in a line up, so he was grasping for straws. 

His worst fears had come true. He moved to an uncertain place, with uncertain terms, to a place where he didn't know anyone, and now the city had just given him its first warning. He needed to find the courage to go on

Finding the Courage to Go On in the Face of Life 

Reading this story, many men would say he was a wuss, or simply a boy, but let's face it, being attacked and beaten by 5 men and unable to defend yourself would be hard for anyone, don't you think? He had fears moving to a place where he knew no one, and had no one to lean on. 

His family was so far away, that it was two days later until they could get to him to take care of him and stay awhile. He needed the courage to go on, and having his family there to surround him helped him feel a bit safer, but he struggled for many months to walk to and from his office, and to use public transportation. The subway was completely out of the question. 

After nearly a year, he decided that enough was enough, so he grabbed his briefcase and walked to work. When the time came for him to walk home, he began to shake, but as he talked himself through it, the fear seemed to stay at bay. He had to do this for his own peace of mind. 

He had decided to start taking martial arts, and within a few months he was confident, and was doing all kinds of new things, and started walking around the city at night just to explore. He was changed. 

Would you do the same? Or, would you just sit back and stay in that place of fear? No, it isn't easy at all, and it's easier said than done. But, God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind. (I Timothy 1:7)

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