A popular trend these days is graphic tee shirts with all kinds of sayings, from “Let’s Taco About It”**, to Bible verses to mom mantras and more. And, while I don’t reckon myself a trendy person, I find myself wanting all kinds of graphic tees. 🙂 I have two myself, and have saved countless others from Jane in my cart. Now, I am even more excited because I have recently lost about 15 lbs and both my graphic tees fit me again! Man am I glad I did not give them away with my ** joy purge from Marie Kondo.
One of my shirts says, you guessed it, “Choose Courage.” I was wearing this particular shirt the other day, and my husband, (who is more of a polo wearing, non-graphic tee wearing kind of guy, so he just doesn’t get it) turns to me and says “What does that mean?” I said, “What do you mean, what does that mean??” While it seemed quite obvious to me, it did cause me to stop and think, what does “Choose Courage” mean? It can mean so many things to so many different people, thus the glory of the graphic tee trend!
For me, choosing courage means to pursue my writing, to not be scared of the future, and to dream big. It means to take the initiative, to start difficult conversations. Choosing courage, to me, means to be bold in my relationships, to be honest, to be genuine. It means to choose to pursue my passions and dreams, in spite of how crazy people may think I am or how much they don’t understand my desire to start my own business and to leave a legacy that I care about for my children.
Choosing courage for you may look completely different, as we all have different fears and dreams and pursuits. For you it may mean, having yet to face another ultrasound after multiple miscarriages. It may mean moving across country or choosing to stay at home with your chidren. It may mean choosing to go back to work. Choosing courage is a marriage after a hurtful past. It could mean so many things. But we have to choose and only you get to choose. I often tell my children, particularly my bossy 6 year old, “You are in charge of you only.” You cannot control others peoples actions, but you can control how you respond to actions and you can control your own choices.
“Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.”Mark Twain
When I look back on my life, I think of the things that took the most courage for me, and how they shaped me to the person I am today. The things that took the most courage were not the easy things. I think back to the decision to go away for college. I made a decision to move even further away from home after college to a city where I basically knew nobody. I chose a career in nursing, where I have to face my fears every day. I choose to keep pursuing friendships that may or may not last because I know what a lifetime friendship should look like. I choose to be a Christian in a world where relativity is king. Because there is right and wrong, and I know the true path.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. “John 14:6
We are choosing to send our daughter to a different school next year, and I am terrified that it will be the wrong decision. What peace do I have with these decisions? How are we not paralyzed with fear every day? I don’t know about you, but I face my fears because I know who is in charge. I know that I have no control, and I know the plans He has for me. Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
I pray for you to find the peace that surpasses understanding. I pray for you to hear the whisper of God **or his shouting or any other way he may speak to you. I pray for you to choose courage in the face of fear and resistance. Just choose.
What choices do you face or have faced in the past that took courage? We all have our own path!
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