"Courage is the finest of the human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others." Winston Churchill
It's hard to believe that over twenty years have passed since the image of this man, facing down a row of moving tanks in Tiananmen Square in China was taken. Now, I know none of us are facing down tanks right about now, but there's still many people who are facing what appears to be difficult situations in life. Having courage will help us move past those obstacles and get on with our lives.
It could be long-term unemployment, illness, aging parents, financial struggles, troubled kids, addictions, a damaged relationship. Wow, think of all the situations that call for courage!
So, just how do we get more of this courage that we all seek?
- Read books like Dale Carnegie's How To Stop Worrying and Start Living. I've recommended this book to you before. Did you ever pick a copy up? This wonderful little book is filled with stories of people who faced seemingly insurmountable difficulties and, with great courage, overcame them.
- Read biographies of people who were in the same situation as you. For instance, if you are dealing with cancer, maybe the story of Lance Armstrong might encourage you. There's probably at least one book that tells of someone's overcoming the issue you're dealing with.
- Pray. Of course, I can't emphasize prayer enough. The scriptures are filled with people, such as David, who faced their giants head-on, and, because of their personal courage, went on to be some of the most remarkable people who ever lived.
- Find support. Whether it's through an actual support group, or just a few trusted friends, start sharing your story with others. Just hearing their own stories might be just the thing that will give you the courage you seek.