Deuteronomy 31:7-8 says, " Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Isreal watched he said to him. "Be strong and couragous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to give their ancestors. You are the one who will deliver it to discourage, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, he will neither fail you nor forsake you."
So Ive been reading this book by John Maxwell, called "A Leaders Heart", it is a year long devotional. Todays message goes with a Leaders courage. As in the verse above, The Lord will never leave us or forsake us. How does that make you couragous? Does hearing that add that extra shot of caffine to your coffee or extra boost of sugar in your soda? "For we can do all things through christ who gives us strength" Philippians 4:13.
Whenever you see significan progress in an organization, its because the leader made courageous decisions. However, a leadership position doesnt give a person courage, but courage can give them a leadership position. As you approach the tought decisions that will challenge you, recognize these truths about courage.
1. Courage begins with an inward battle. Courage isnt an absence of fear. It is doing what you are afraid to do.
2. Courage is making things right, not just smoothing them over. Martin Luther King Jr. said, " The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
3. Courage in a leader inspires commitment from followers. Courage is contagious," says evangelist Billy Graham." when a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened." Courage by a leader inspires.
4. Your life expands in proportion to your courage. Roman historian Tacitus said, "The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise." But courage opens doors, and thats one of its most worderful benefits.
How have you shown courage lately?