Stare fear in the face…and keep going

(This is Part 4 in a series exploring the theme of adventure. Here are the links for Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.)

It’s one thing to feel fear about the big things you want to do in life. It’s another thing to stay there, feeling fear and having nothing else. This is where courage comes in.

Photo by Leonard John Matthews. Used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Photo by Leonard John Matthews. Used in accordance with Creative Commons.

“Be strong and courageous.” Joshua is told this three times in the space of four verses. This exhortation from God frames the major theme of the Bible passage we’re working through.

Let’s be clear: courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the ability to act in the presence of fear. It means not letting fear paralyze you so that you don’t work toward completing your mission.

What does courage look like?

It can be saying no to other things so that you focus on what’s truly important. It can be doing so even if you take flak from other people.

It can be keeping at a task even when you’re deathly afraid.

It can be persevering even when everyone else drops out because you believe so strongly in the mission.

It means seeing how you’re risking yourself – your reputation, your financial status, your security – to do this task, and then doing it anyway.

You know what really helps? Encouragers. Having people literally pour courage into you. If you’re staring at a big task and you don’t have any encouragers, stop what you’re doing right now and go get some.

Question: Where in your life are you being prompted to be courageous? Who is helping you have that courage?

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  • Andrew! I love it man! Glad I stumbled on your blog 🙂 It looks like you have been following michael hyatt because this sure looks like his theme 🙂 I just started blogging again regularly and have enjoyed the outlet- Love your thoughts dude but I would love to hear how you define fear? You used it as opposite of courage, but I would love to hear more- also when are we getting coffee if you are still in so cal! talk to you soon man

    • andrewcyee

      Hey David, glad you found me! E-mail me and we’ll connect in person sometime.

      As for how I define fear, that’s such a good question that I’ll have a post about it next week. Stay tuned….