Posted by: everynation | March 14, 2008

Acts of Courage

jeffbullock.jpgby Jeff Bullock

Any man can be courageous.

Courage resides in the average man but mostly remains sleeping and unexploited.

Given the right motivation and circumstances extremely average men have displayed extraordinary courage.

One must never minimized the daily courage life requires. The courage of the single parent, the athlete rising again in the face of failure, tackling personal fears, confronting financial pressures, standing in the midst of prejudice and injustice and on and on.

My friend Kirk demonstrated courage when in his mid forties quite a six figure job to start his own construction company. He felt the Holy Spirit inspiring him mixing with his desire to see churches planted and ministries supported. He risked his pay check and abandoned his fear with the decision to trust demonstrated an act of courage.

Different seasons require different actions. Waiting seasons require patience. Active season require diligence. All seasons require faith. Yet there are moments and seasons when risk and courage are demanded…turning points which define us by our deeds, our acts of courage.

David’s mighty men are offered to us by their deeds not their traits. They were men defined by valor and courageous acts. Too often we want to lead without the risk. We want safety and assurance. We want success without the threat of failure, we want the recognition without the responsibility… “you know…heavy is the crown sort of thing”.

But I can tell you…the regret of a missed opportunity will far out last a regret of an unfortunate action. Inaction is usually a far greater mistake than an unwise decision made.

In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace told Robert the Bruce, “Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.” I am inspired by courage. I hate being afraid. I dislike great theories mouthed by men who have read books but never tested them. … Let’s find out what God is doing and saying and in complete deliberate abandonment embrace the risk, set aside the fear, and act courageously for the Great Name of God!!

Jeff Bullock is the author of “The Pub” and is currently planting a church in Budapest, Hungary.

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