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Devotional – It Takes Courage

I have faced some challenges that have convinced me that God and God alone could have brought me through. When I look back at life, it really does encourage me that God is standing alongside His children.

I have come to realize that every situation that one experiences is to build you up and teach you stuff that makes you stronger to face the next leg of life.

So no, life is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of courage to live this life. Defying the norm in your workplace takes courage. It takes courage to say no when everyone at school or in your circle is doing it.

It takes courage to obey God and take your last few dollars and bless someone else. Leaving your stable job to go out and become a missionary or a prayer warrior takes courage.

It takes courage to watch a whole community failing or going a certain way and decide in your heart that you will not be like them. That you can be something more.

1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

What’s your mold?

In the community that I lived in, while I was growing up, there was a certain mold most persons fell into. At age 11, you would pass an exam for some normal or fairly good school and continue schooling for another five years or so, passing a few subjects (if you were so blessed).

You will then find some minor job, such as cutting cane or driving taxi. Most of the women got married early and had a few kids, and this family would then repeat that cycle.

Education the key

Our parents were not well off, but they insisted we get an education and not be like this. They pushed us into succeeding in this life and defying this norm.

I thank God that although they didn’t have opportunity to do better themselves, they didn’t wish this cycle on their children. And sure enough we did pretty well.

It may not be easy to come out of your cycle. It may be all you know, but God gives dreams. And even if you don’t have a dream, it doesn’t mean God isn’t waiting to give you one.

God can take you out of any situation – and yes, I mean any situation. He can give you a new dream, a different vision that defies all that you know, because that’s the kind of God He is.

God is our author

Hebrews 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 

God is the author of our faith, our life, and our every step. Look unto Him, He is the one that gives courage to live this life successfully, Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Devotional – It Takes Courage”

  1. Thanks for this Zoe. It is the testimony of quite a large number of us Christians with a background in the Caribbean (and other places). Without the foundations set by that praying relative (and sometimes that is all they could contribute), we wouldn't be where we are in Christ today. In my case, it was a praying grandmother and then a praying mother. The transference of faith is extended to our children and, hopefully, to the generations following them. The latter part of the second Commandment is quite relevant to perpetual generational blessing (Exodus 20 v5-6).

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