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Courage Needs a Face

In my previous two blogs, I’ve highlighted the courageous leadership of patriot Samuel Adams and King Hezekiah. In both instances these leaders didn’t merely give pep talks. Inspirational speeches, without action, are just hot air. If we are to become courageous people, we need to see it modeled before us. Show me, don’t just tell me. I want to see how it’s done.

Hezekiah modeled courage. When his men saw it, it inspired them to act courageously. Some things, like courage, are “caught” more than they are “taught.”

The faith for courage can come by hearing. The Bible tells us,
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
[Romans 10:17, NKJV]

When we hear God’s promises it should inspire faith in our hearts. After all, God’s Word is true. We can build our lives upon it.

However, hearing is incomplete without doing. We may possess a belief in the need for courage, but it is not real until it is fleshed out. Action must take place.

God doesn’t reward what we know. He rewards what we do with what we know.

Seeing others being courageous is contagious.

Let me ask you a few questions.

Who are the courageous models in your life?

Who is inspiring you to greatness?

Who is watching you?

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  1. Kerry Drake
    November 30th, 2011 at 23:08 | #1

    Answer to all three: your father, and you! It gets hot being under that shepherds staff, but I love the way the two of you don’t let us slide. Pressure helps us to grow, and as you model the care given by the Master to his men, so we feel and see it displayed for us to be inspired by. You are men of courage! Rock on brother / leader.

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