Have Good CouragePosted on August 06, 2016
Whatever you're facing today, have good courage.
Has anyone ever told you that?
You're in the morning grind, digging into email and someone walks by and says, "Hey, how are you? Hope you have good courage today."
Wouldn't that be nice if that was a thing? Like a normal greeting?
Because I sure know that I could use that constant reminder to be courageous every day.
Working from home provides all sorts of surprises, good and bad. And these surprises are mostly surfacing internally between my head and heart. I'm finally feeling whole as I operate in who God has made me to be (C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E) but I'm also battling shame, guilt, overwhelm, and comparison like every other minute and so I've been facing an unexpected paralysis and a level of vulnerability I did not sign up for.
By definition, entrepreneurship is vulnerable. It's all about the ability to handle and manage uncertainty. People are constantly changing, budgets change, boards change, and competition means you have to stay nimble and innovative. You have to create a vision and live up to that vision. There is no vision without vulnerability.
-Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
So who really volunteers for this?
Answer: Me. But wait. You too.
You may not be an official entrepreneur but you started a blog. You're leading a small group. Or perhaps you've begun the process of adoption or are working for a nonprofit. Life requires vulnerability and from that comes courage, bushels and bushels of it.
As of two seconds ago having courage was not a priority in my life.
I'm finding out quite quickly that courage is not only necessary but is a choice that we have to make daily if not hourly. And it's a trademark of the Christian life. While we live on this earth and experience the tension and longing to truly be with our Lord, God is good to provide all we need in the meantime-the Holy Spirit.
So we are always of good courage. -2 Corinthians 5:6
This is Paul's response. Yeah, life is tough, there's so much unknown, so much out of our control BUT we have good courage. Because the Holy Spirit is in us, we have courage to get out of bed each day and face the failures the day holds and embrace the dependence we have upon our Father.
We have the courage to say no to social media. We have the courage to spend an hour in our Bible without worrying about our work. We have the courage to ask others to get involved in our projects. We have the courage to choose exercise over guilty snacking. We have the courage to give ourselves the freedom we need to be creative in our work.
The more time we spend with the Source of courage, the more brave we can choose to be daily. Whatever this day holds, face it with good courage!