God calls for courage

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

This was God's commandment to Joshua just before he led the Hebrews into a land filled with foreign armies greater than themselves. 

I have to admit I love to see hero movies.  I have seen Saving Private Ryan 5 or 6 times, Braveheart, and Gladiator many times too. Anytime I see someone exhibit courage, I love it. My heart starts to race. I get engaged in the story.  Their decisions, willingness to do what others are unwilling to do draws me like a magnet. These are people who look directly at their fears and do the right thing anyway. General Patton, the great American general of WWII who defeated the Nazis in North Africa and later in Europe, said he was so afraid each time he stepped into battle that his palms actually sweat. But he said, "I have learned not to take counsel from my fears.”

Our families, our churches, our community deserve to see courage from us.  Our God, the one who gave up His Son to die in our place, deserves a people who live for something greater than a paycheck and the latest movie.  We could be those people.  We should be those people.