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