Talking about courage, tenacity has a way of imparting the action that is necessary for the hour, not only to the speaker or writer, but also to the listeners or readers. For instance, were we to use a time machine and travel to the WWII era and remove the speeches of Churchill, the outcome of the war may have been drastically different.
Just this morning I read again a line from a famous woman who more than can really be imagined turned the tide against slavery in America. Many played a part, but this woman from a good Christian family, well-educated and financially secure, was able to put a human face, feelings, and injustice on black faces, thereby stirring a dormant spark in the human spirit, with her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written when it was affirmed by many Americans, that Africans and Indians were not full humans as they lacked souls. Some still believe this. (Christian Identity, KKK etc.) No one alive today can appreciate Mrs. Stowe’s courage in writing the 40 some articles in a prominent magazine of the time.
Here’s the statement from Mrs. Stowe that caught my eye:
“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Have you ever been there? Are you there now? Nearly there? Take the seconds to read again the statement, refer to biblical verses about the Lord giving His strength to you and keep on doing and being zealous in the Lord’s will for your life.
Paul dealt with the importance of learning the “course” of the Christian life and then through knowledge with courage continuing, even when everything in you is screaming to quit, to keep on sailing, making progress toward a predetermine goal on the decided course. Here’s Paul’s verse,
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1Cor. 15:58.
The word “steadfast” is a navigation term meaning correcting your heading in order to hold your course, the course being the best line toward where you’re going.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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