Monday, November 25, 2013

Courageous Choices Encouraged by the Pope

If you have been following our blog, then you know we love to share stories about folks that have made courageous choices.

A few stories really touched us regarding the Pope, and that is because the new Pope has been on a mission to share with the church his heart of giving and helping others.

Pope Francis has made no mistake in letting people know that his heart and how feels about giving and how we as human beings treat each other.

With each homily, it's seems that the Pope makes abundantly clear that faithfulness is of the utmost importance even in tough times.

What does this mean for you? It means that no matter how bad things get, and no matter how difficult things are, you need to continue to live a life of integrity and continue to treat others with love and respect. The Pope expressed this today as "a treasure to the Church."

There are tons of examples of Martyr's in times past and today. He gave examples like Daniel, and his faithfulness to God to walk into the fire despite what he was being offered. Daniel wanted to make the right choice despite being offered the finest food, access to the finest comforts anyone could experience in the King's palace, but yet he still chose to follow his heart and follow God's commands.

For this, Daniel walked right into the fire; not something many of us would be willing to do. Daniel and his friends were all in the face of a time in life when they had to make courageous choices.

What about the poor widow in the Gospel? She had only her young son, an two coins to offer in faith that God would provide. She gave all of her earnings in a time when she could have held back out of fear.

Instead, the widow gave what she had to God, and allowed God the opportunity to perform a miracle on her behalf to show her He is faithful in her tough times too. These are indeed courageous choices that we still need to be making today, but how often do we make these choices?

If we live with no courage, how can we truly inspire others? How can we live with ourselves if you don't live the way God called us too, but making good choices everyday in the face of trials. No matter what happens, we should be making "courageous choices" that not only enhance our life, but encourage others to do the same.

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