Every organization needs courageous people. People who have the quality of mind and spirit to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. People who aren’t afraid to stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular or goes against the grain of what the corporate bureaucracy dictates. There’s no middle ground with courage. You either have it or you don’t.
The key to being courageous is that you must own it. Ownership means you stop making excuses, stop blaming others and stop envying others. Courageous people are more productive, more supportive and more engaged … at work, at home, at life.
My hope is to fill you with courage today. You were created for an incredible calling. You have a significant mission to accomplish. You are here to live a life that matters and do work that matters. Believe it. It’s true.
Please permit me to tell you a story about Gideon. For seven years, Gideon’s family lived under an oppressive regime. They often hid to feel safe. When they were found, they were attacked and bullied. Food, animals and other property were taken from them. They were left with very little to live on. They felt helpless …
… until Gideon finally mustered the courage and owned it.
One day when Gideon was secretly working for his family, he had a conversation with God in prayer. He was brutally honest with God. He asked, “Why has all this happened to us if you are such a good God and are with us? What happened to all the wonderful things we heard you would do? Why have you abandoned us?”
God answered, “Go with your great strength and rescue your family from slavery. I myself am sending you.”
Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue my family. They are weak and I am the least important member.”
God answered, “Because I will help you. You will crush the oppressors as easily as if they were only one man.”
By the end of that conversation, Gideon was all in. He had the courage to act and overcome his fear. The difference-maker was he believed he could do it. He knew it would not be easy, but was worth it.
Gideon was created for that moment. That was his purpose. Because Gideon formed a relationship with God, he gained the courage needed to accomplish the very work for which he was created. And he owned it.
What mission were you created for? You’ll never know if you keep making excuses, blaming others and envying others. You’ll never understand without a relationship with God.
It’s worth repeating …
You were created for an incredible calling. You have a significant mission to accomplish. You are here to live a life that matters and do work that matters.
Believe it. It’s true.