Posts tagged Courage
You may find it hard to be THANKFUL when life keeps kicking you in the teeth and at every turn failure continues to loom, but I can guarantee you that on your worse day, there is someone out there who would trade with you in a heartbeat. Life can be a cruel and relenting piece of work, but you are far greater than anything life can throw at you.
So THANKFUL that I was made in His image, made to be a conqueror, made to be great, made to overcome, and made to win! One of the hardest things to absorb, let alone live by, is understanding that obedience is better than sacrifice and being obedient even when it makes no sense and is incomprehensible, is a feat in and of itself. But my God! I am THANKFUL that with obedience comes favor and with favor comes the blessings of God. Walking in God’s will can be a complex conundrum wrapped in an enigma, yet it is a fulfilling journey that cannot be replicated or replaced. That is more than enough to be THANKFUL for on any given day!
Tomorrow when everything seems to hit a nerve, when the traffic is moving too slow, co-workers become annoying, family is losing their minds, and the walls are closing in, remember this too shall pass and because of your obedience in fulfilling your purpose, you have already claimed the victory. Be THANKFUL for the noise because it is an opportunity to calm the hysteria; be THANKFUL for the chaos because it is God’s way of putting life back in order; and be THANKFUL for the unknown, because it is in the wilderness that we find direction, purpose, strength, courage, and gain knowledge.
Yes, life can be hard, but I am THANKFUL that my God has seen it all and is the architect, so no matter what may happen, when I am obedient to His calling, my prayers shall be answered.
“Obedience is a word and concept from which the valiant look for their deliverance.” ~ Anonymous
“I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.” ~ Anne Sullivan
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot
In a world where all the odds seem to be against you, every obstacle seems to find you, and no matter how optimistic you attempt to be, there is something that inevitably tests your will, it is great to know that those things have not and will not break you… as long as you do not allow them to. I am so THANKFUL for the failures, the setbacks, those that have gone out of their way to try to destroy my mind, body, and soul. Thank you for showing me what I am capable of, forcing me to dig deeper, and pushing me to realize that not only am I strong, but greater is He that is within me than that which is in this world!
Over the past few days, we witnessed unified strength as the African-American student athletes, backed by the student body and staff, stood for righteousness sake and united to right a wrong. I am THANKFUL that they had the courage to band together, willingness to face the repercussions and ridicule, and the conviction to peacefully protest and make a difference. Some will still question their motives and timing, but no one can deny the impact! As other universities and institutions join them in this crusade, we should all be THANKFUL seeing our future generation put a stamp on the annuls of history. It is still amazing and moving to see those with a purpose and passion for the right causes fortify and use their platforms to become catalyst of change. I applaud those that led the charge at Missouri, as well as those that supported them and did not try to dissuade them from pursuing justice. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for your beliefs knowing all you have worked for could be swiftly taken away.
In the same vain and on the heels of Veteran’s Day, we have to salute our men and women in the armed services who valiantly fight for our freedom and risks their lives routinely to assure we maintain our civil liberties. I am especially THANKFUL for these courageous souls who stand at the forefront protecting from us all from enemies far and close. Salute to all you for your service and dedication
Face fear head on knowing that every challenge is just another test, another path along the journey, and another building block to boost your resume. Be THANKFUL for the hardships knowing that the most precious pearl had to be put extreme pressure before its beauty could be revealed. No matter how hard it may seem, how difficult it may get, how insurmountable the terrain may appear, remember three key things. 1.) Every thing we go through is working together for our good and no matter the circumstances or the situation, there is a lesson to be learned and growth to accomplish. 2.) No matter the test or the challenge, if you were not capable of handling it, you would never be presented with it. Each stepping stone is just that, an opportunity to elevate your mind and spirit and come to new realizations about who you are and what you are capable of. 3.) You are not the first person to travel this road. Many have gone before you and have weathered to storm and are the better for it. Do not let the unknown create fear or doubt, but know that you too can claim the victory as long as you continue to push forward and never give up.
Today I am extremely THANKFUL because I refused to let fear dictate my life, I fought to fulfill my purpose, and I even when I thought about giving up on my hopes and dreams, I allowed myself enough space to welcome new opportunities. I am THANKFUL because even when all looked lost, I did not stay in the abyss of despair, but instead chose to seek greatness, chase hope, and fight for a better outcome. I am THANKFUL because I know now that hardships only last for a moment, but the tools and traits we gain from them last a lifetime.
Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
There are times when you have to know when to regroup and/or walk away. It is one of the hardest decisions and no matter what the circumstances or situation, it is never easy to look at something you have invested blood, sweat, and tears in and imagine it may have run its course and now it is time to cut ties.
Despite how difficult it may seem, it takes a wise person who understands that emotional ties are not enough to continue down a path to nowhere or worse yet, a path of destruction. Continuing a journey that has no destiny is as damaging, if not more damaging, than a poor plan. A poor plan is bound to fail because the preparation was never there. But continuing when you no there is little to no chance of success is a waste of time, effort and resources, and prevents you from revamping, recollecting, and restarting. Why waste more time when that season has expired?
We all must possess a sense of serenity and clarity to know when to accept fate. It does not mean we have surrendered or given up, but it is a measure of maturity to realize that not everything can be salvaged or fixed. Somethings are meant to be a lesson to prepare us for the next season and the next phase of life and we have to be courageous enough to learn the lesson and let go those things that do not benefit the ultimate goals. There are many roads to destiny and just because one road ends and another has roadblocks, it does not mean the journey is over.
Be courageous enough to persevere through the storms, but wise enough to know when to take shelter. The thing about dreams are they show the grand finale, but very few times do they show all it takes to get there. Vision is the manifestation of the dream, a realistic, attainable goal. Your wisdom is what will determine if it remains simply a dream, something you fantasize about, or develops and builds into a vision, a culmination of proper planning and preparation, hard, dedicated work, and intelligent and practical choices.
The wise live to fight another day, but the foolish continue to follow a dead end to certain peril and doom. Give yourself permission to walk away from anything or anyone who does not factor in your growth or prosperity. It is better to cut a parasite out instead of letting it consume and destroy all! Be wise my friend!
I am so THANKFUL for the courageous men and women who faced fear head on and rushed to the rescue of so many others. Risking their own lives, countless first responders and civilians alike went to the aid of fellow Americans. 9/11 brings forth a harsh memory, one that was emblazoned in the minds of the nation and put a pin mark in history that seemingly stopped time in its tracks and knocked the entire world of its axis. There is no one who cannot tell you exactly where they were at 8:46am EST on the dreadful morning on September 11, 2001.
Despite this monumentally horrific event, the result is something the cowardly attackers could have not planned for or imagined. They thought they had delivered a crippling blow to the American people and the government’s infrastructure, but they could not have been more wrong. For that, I am very THANKFUL. Instead of succumbing to fear, everyone, including the perpetrators, witnessed the true strength, fortitude, and survival instincts of New Yorkers and the country! What they meant for evil, God used for good!
There is not doubt that the fall of the towers, the hole in the Pentagon, and the loss of so many lives, put a damper on the American spirit and struck a chord of despair and fear in many. But that was a momentary lapse of a weakened society. However, weakened does not mean defeated! I am THANKFUL that as Americans we can take a blow, even get knocked down, but we will still rise, we will defend our country with every fiber in our body until our last breath has been taken, and we will protect each other and our walls with all our might. Walls may fall and lives taken away, but we will rebuild bigger and better.
I am THANKFUL for what came out of the rubble and what rose from the fire – hope, camaraderie, and a newly discovered vitality. I am THANKFUL because when the dust settled, we were a stronger nation and united we still stand!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela ~ #NeverForgetNeverSurrender
On this Thankful Thursday, I’m especially THANKFUL for the men and women who proudly serve us all without hesitation. It takes a special person to willingly face the ills of the world and voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect and secure others’ freedom.
With the passing of 9/11 and the memories of destruction and despair still fresh, it is the images of all those that pushed caution aside and rushed into danger making every effort to save and help those that were trapped. We see so often how so many neglect their fellow-man and turn a blind eye when help is needed, but when you remember the aftermath of that day, you can’t help but be proud of the true essence of mankind and America. The Star-Spangled Banner’s opening epitomizes that essence – “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
We all should embrace this attitude and seek ways of serving our families, neighborhoods, and communities. What a greater world we could see if each person took a moment to help where the need arises. Remember the brave men abroad and stateside, whether locally or are in the armed forces who bravely sacrifice their lives to insure ours. Not only should we salute and applaud them, but we should thank them every chance we get for their tremendous service. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” ~ George R.R. Martin
Words are some of the most powerful tools available to us. The power of a word can build or destroy in an instant and every word builds upon itself empowering its subject or tearing it apart. But what’s most fascinating about words is that it’s intention and perception can be completely opposite. How we use and understand words is what separates us and no matter the intention, it is on the individual on how they perceive it, digest it, and let it manifest in their spirit. Every word, comment, and conversation can be used for motivation or inspiration. Your detractors may be many, but that same ridicule can be used as an ignition to fuel the fire within and push you to reach deeper. Compliments sometimes are few and far in between, but when we receive them, it can be an inspiration to carry us, affirmation to let us know we’re on the right path, and a needed boost to get us over the hump and let us know that what we are doing makes a difference to someone. Choose your words wisely and remember their power and influence. It’s easier to demolish a building than it is to resurrect and the same is true with a person’s psyche. It is so hard to give someone their confidence back, their self-esteem, and so easy to damage it. Today, and every opportunity you can, speak life, speak strength, speak courage, speak happiness, speak thankfulness, speak gratitude, speak possibility, and even when we have to give criticism, discipline, unsettling opinions, speak that too in love. Let your words uplift the hearts and minds of the listener and plant a garden that shall grow truth, wisdom, and love.
Nails In the Fence Author Unknown There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said, “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.” “Of course I can,” said the father.
I am so THANKFUL for the power within, the power to reach deep and manifest the energy, the strength, and the courage to continue and to overcome. I am so THANKFUL for He that is in me that enables, encourages, and enlightens me to become all that I can possibly become and more than I ever imagined. We all possess this power, this innate trait. It’s literally in the palm of our hands, the recess of our minds, and the pits of our spirit. It’s simply a matter of bringing it to the forefront. It’s about not having to summon it only in times of need, but living in that place continually, always exhibiting the abilities that have been birthed in you. It’s about living the dream and not always chasing it and making the most of everyday, because you are truly THANKFUL for every part of your life. It’s a mindset and a purposeful walk, knowing who you are and all you are capable of. You are more powerful than you ever imagined and although you may not be able to leap tall buildings, run faster than a speeding bullet, or have x-ray vision, you are SUPER! Be THANKFUL for the gifts you do have and don’t be afraid to share them with the world.Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed. ~ Bernard Edmonds