A Cowardly Sheep: How to Live Courageously

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I hate to admit it, but I am a coward in so many ways. I don’t like to get on the phone and make calls. I’m afraid of many things associated with mingling in social settings. I’m afraid of being seen in public when I’m in a bad mood. I’m afraid of getting old and losing my mind. Maybe it’s already begun!

I’m “afraid” courage has become a thing of our society’s past. My child attends an elementary school that stresses character education. It’s not surprising that courage is absent. Perhaps there is a “fear” of courageous children becoming bullies. I don’t know. But I do know that in our culture we rarely live for something greater than our own happiness. We fear getting fat or losing popularity, but we rarely face anything courageously, even death. We just stay very busy and keep trying to be unaffected.

Even in my great-grandmother’s generation, courage was inevitable. Infant mortality, for example, was always a reality. Women had to learn how to face not only childbirth, itself, but the probable loss of several children. Women had to be courageous because there was no such thing as an epidural, or Excedrine, or vaccines for children.

Men of past generations also had to be courageous. They willingly went to war to fight for their families and their community’s freedom. Paralyzing terror or escape was simply not an option.

What fears are you facing right now? Is it the fear of rejection? Perhaps an illness has you worried and fretting all night. Is it the fear of being alone or being wrong? Maybe it’s the fear of being found out. We all face fears of not being successful. Mothers fear jeopardizing the adoration of their children, and fail to discipline. Here are two simple ways in which I can sniff out my fear:

  1. It’s the thing that makes me the most angry if it is threatened.
  2. It’s something that I tend to worry about or turn over in my mind repeatedly.

We all have courage issues. After all, we’re just stupid sheep. But, even stupid sheep can grow in courage. Nevertheless, its not about striving really hard to do better. That only produces short-lived arrogant sheep, or completely demoralized failure sheep. We need a Champion. We must have a Savior. This Savior is also our Shepherd and he said that we are worth dying for.

When I give in to fear, I am forgetting this reality. Absolutely NOTHING “in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:39)