Friday, October 26, 2012

Courage Defined

When you think of courage, you might think of the first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Or you might think of Batman...

My definition of Courage:

Courage is doing the right thing, motivated by love, even when you are afraid.

I added the "motivated by love" part from reading 1 Thessalonians 2:2-11. There Paul is overcoming great temptation to be afraid. After all, his life has been in danger since his first missionary journey and this is his second. He'd been stoned and left for dead simply for preaching the Gospel in a particular town. And yet he kept moving forward with the belief that the message he carried was one of love and hope. 

What motivates a person to that kind of courage? God's compassionate love for people. 

What motivates you to do great, courageous things? Money? Fame? At the end of the day, no motivation is more powerful than love. Is it in you?