‘Courage does not always roar. Sometime courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ‘ by Anna Radmacher at icanread.tumblr.com
I’ve been told many things.
One manager told me, “Sit down, shut up, and let us work.”
One boss told me, “You have $10 ideas and we have $50 ideas. Just do what you’re told.”
I’ve been told by a close friend, “You’re really screwed up.”
The list goes on and on of the many mean things that have been said to me. I wish that I could say that I’m unique in hearing these things. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. When I get the privelege
of hearing people open up, 100% of them have many, many tales of the cruelty they have experieced.
At the end of those horrible days, all of us struggle to just take one more step. The prayer shoots upwards over and over, “Please God, make it stop! Please, please make it stop!”
And then I read the stories of all of those wonderful people stocking the food pantries so that people who are starving have something to eat. I hear the stories of people running shelters so people have a warm place to sleep. I hear the stories of people whose job is to hold babies in the
hospital so that those babies feel loved. Then I hear the stories of incredbile courage and strength of missionaries who lay their lives on the line day after day just to deliver a message of hope.
Surely all of these people suffer the same cruelty of life that we do. What keeps them going? Where does that quiet voice at the end of the day come from? For me, I found the answer. In the bible, God has the most amazing opinion of all of those people whom He can call His children.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
And, I’ll leave you with psalm 23.
The Lord the Shepherd of His People
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
“Courage does not always roar.”