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It Takes Courage
by Mark Shields
07/31/11
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I received an email a while back from a friend and in this email was a story of a lady who had started a long time ago to plant one daffodil at a time in a field. Now the field is covered with beautiful yellow daffodils. This story points out that if you start something positive even if it’s small, over time you will build something of beauty. Mark Twain said one time, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream - Discover.”

You have unique talents and abilities. Every ability and potential power you have was given for a purpose. All it takes is the courage to dream and the courage to set goals. Simply going after your dreams can lead to discoveries never dreamed of before. Do you know what planet we have learned the most about from space exploration? It is the planet Earth. We have learned more about weather, agriculture, geography, and physics. With a dream and goals, knowledge can be gained that helps reach other goals not dreamed of yet.

Those that make new discoveries can relate the unrelated; look for materials, ideas, circumstances, objects, and needs that have not previously been associated. They use their imagination to see how to fill some need or accomplish some purpose that would benefit others. Over the years, many discoveries were a result of accidents. The slinky, popsicles, microwave oven, penicillin, and the implantable pacemaker all were invented by accident.

During the upcoming week, continue to write down your dreams and spend some extra time thinking about this list. Reaching for the stars is risky, but refusal to take that risk sets up a more foolish risk – missing the opportunity to become all you were meant to become. Make evident your devotion to God in your daily activities. Because of Jesus, the Spirit of God is in your heart so you are not confined to devotion only at church but in all that you do. Celebrate God’s care of you by beginning every day, every decision, or every business dealing with God. God’s law helps us to see faults and understand that help is needed. Jesus is that help and the Holy Spirit gives the freedom to start new, to plan, to think and come up with ideas that make us better. It takes courage to choose a challenging goal and take action to move toward it but once you start, momentum keeps you going.

A good strategy is to improve on weaknesses and reap the benefits of strengths; having the courage to face weaknesses but not being embarrassed about them. Knowing what needs improvement and using this knowledge as a tool to steer you toward your destination.

It not only takes courage to face your weaknesses but it also takes courage to establish values. A tool to help is making notes of your priorities and recording ideas to meet the challenge. An example may be: my doctor has advised me to lose a few pounds to increase my physical health. To meet the challenge, I will watch my weight by moderating my food intake. At dinner time, I’m reminded of my challenge and it inspires me to not eat the extra helping. The act of writing out my values and goals has helped me transform my lifestyle by developing the habits needed for attainment of them.

Next week, I will write about the keys to successfully realizing your God given purpose. The keys are thoughts, plans, desires, confidence, and determination.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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