by Pastor Ed,
It takes courage to follow your dreams. It takes courage to fulfill the potential in your life. It takes courage to make changes. It also takes courage to say no. Lastly, it takes courage to say yes.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ''the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." I believe he was talking about the emotion of fear which causes us anxiety, stress and robs us of courage.
Just imagine for a moment what you would dare dream if you weren't afraid of anything and were filled with overflowing courage.
We can overcome fear through Jesus Christ. We can overcome our fears and build courage that will enable us to deal with the ups and downs of life in a positive way.
For instance, if you have the fear of failure, the repetitive words you propbably hear in your mind are " I can't, I can't, I can't." This normally originates from unhealthy criticism. What does God say? He says, you can do all things through Jesus Christ ( see Philippians 4:13 )!
If you have fear of rejection, the repetitive words you most likely to hear in your mind are " I have to, I have to, I have to." This normally originates from an unhealthy desire to please others. What does God Say? He says, you are accepted as His child through Jesus ( see Ephesians 1:5 )!
You can say no to your fears and yes to a life of courage! This is eexactly what Mary and Joseph did and their result? Jesus, the Savior of the world was born, lived, died and rose from the dead. He lives today to connect us to God.
What courageous act do you need to take today?
Seeking to live courageously in Jesus Christ,
Pastor Ed Guisao