Saturday, March 9, 2013

It Takes Courage!!!

This blog post was inspired by a quote that was written by Dr. Maya Angelou which reads:

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”   ~Maya Angelou

After reading this phase, it made me think about the word “COURAGE,” and what it really means.  So, I took it upon myself to look it up once again, even though I know what it meant…  But this time in reading the definition and re-viewing Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote, it provided me with a deeper revelation of why she said courage was “the most important of all the virtues”. 
Cour-age [kur-ij, kuhr-] noun
1.)    The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.  (

Let's see, we have “Faith, Hope and Charity” as the virtues that are spoken of in scripture…  Faith = Believe, Hope = Trust and Charity = Love.  Having these three virtues are important, however, think about the concept of courage when you throw “FEAR” into the mix:

  • Faith + FEAR Cancels out Belief
  • Hope + FEAR Cancels out Trust 
  • Charity + FEAR Cancels out Love

When entering a new or unfamiliar territory, or going through a difficult situation or challenging circumstances, it can drum up a lot of FEAR and insecurities.  Fear paralyzes you and keeps you from moving, while insecurities make one doubt their abilities, capabilities or worthiness….   (Think about it for a moment)

Now getting back to COURAGE...  We honestly and truly can’t practice all of the virtues without courage because it takes faith to believe when things are not going well; it takes hope to trust GOD and the process when you don’t see your way (or a way); and it takes charity, understanding God’s love for us that keeps one motivated in the face of difficulties and the notion of fear. 

Anyone can SAY "I Have Faith and Believe;" But, It Takes COURAGE to Go Against the Grain... It Takes COURAGE to Fulfill Visions and Dreams; It Takes COURAGE to Walk thru the Valleys; It Takes COURAGE to HOPE, WORK YOUR FAITH and STAY FOCUSED Consistently, KNOWING that GOD's CHARITY will Cover You.  Simply Put, IT TAKES COURAGE To DO ANYTHING of VALUE and SUBSTANCE.

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