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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
- TITLE: Conquering courage
By Dawn Dale
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No eye has seen, no ear has heard the wonderful things that God has planned for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9)1 Life could have no better foundation than to know God has only wonderful things planned for you and me.
So, hike up your courage, strap on your fearlessness and full speed ahead.
We have the right to stand firm. We have the right to stand confident. We have the right to conquer courage?
The words are awfully hard to come by, here. I can see it, I can feel it in my heart. But, I can't seem to wrap the words around this concept. Conquering courage sounds strange to me. It's like going through a maze to get to a prize, but knowing that you end up in a worse place than before. Who wants to go through that?
I believe that in this story, courage is the culprit. The way we interpret courage, these days, leaves us lacking, like a vacuum, in every other single vein of our lives. We are anemic, lacking in every other vein because courage, the way we interpret it, drains all the other vital vessels of our blood line. Today's courage leaves us dead, seeking a blood transfusion of vital elements into our veins to support our desire for courage. At least, courage in the way courage is viewed today.
We’ve lost the heart that bleeds courage to support a needy soul. Instead, today’s courage draws blood from those around, seeking to build up oneself. It’s time to conquer this image of courage, to remember where courage came from.
Where is real courage that has compassion as its’ heartbeat?
We are lacking nobility, royalty, and bravery. We've gone far enough away from King's, that we don't know the real meaning of courage. Throughout the centuries, it's grown. Jealousy over a blood line that separated a royal vein from a common vein, not knowing that God appointed times as they were so that true royalty would be found through the common vein. In all reality, if we can truly grasp this, God appointed times as they were and as they are so that blood line would make us separate from the world, whether it be a world of fame and fortune, or meager and measured means.
Because we are far from King's, I wonder if we really understand nobility, royalty? Do we really understand courage? Oh, I'm not talking about pomp and circumstance. I'm talking about what happens in the heart of those who have true royalty that comes from the blood line of Jesus Christ. There is no other courage.
Others may do courageous things, but, only that which is done in the name of Christ can have courage as it's surname. It's like the medieval Knight. There were King's in those medieval times, but, the Knight fought the battles, if all but for the honor of his King.
Ah, yes, I'm an incurable romantic longing for the days of the Kings, but, alas, we are far from the days of the Kings. . .
Or, are we?
There is yet a day when the King of Glory, the King of all Kings, will come shining through the clouds. He'll come riding on a white horse. Maybe we're not far from the days of the Kings, at all. Maybe, just maybe, we have yet to see the days of real courage. Perhaps, if you look around, you can pick them out in the crowd. They know they have a King! You can tell by the way they hold themselves. There's royalty in their blood line, coursing through their veins.
The world is drawn by that. Not drawn to you or me, but, to Christ. He’s the One that shines in this kind of courage, borne out of compassion and humility.
That's real courage.
How great is the courage that is borne out of need
to fill the empty vacuum that compassion, only, feeds.
1. 1 Corinthians 2:9, paraphrased
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