Thought for Our Day

On Courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


7 thoughts on “Thought for Our Day”

  1. Good thought for the day! Courage, much courage to open one’s mouth and SPEAK only TRUTH. After several sessions of “truth AND consequences” through our pastors’ teaching on what comes out of our mouths….one thing that Sara said was concerning our words is that some have been exaggerating, embellishing , prefabricating and lying for so long that we don’t even recognize it and don’t even know we’re telling lies! So after these teachings, I had determined in my heart to stop, examine the intent and/or purpose of my speech to see just what the motivations of my heart were in each individual instance.
    WELL! First thing, today, I found myself exaggerating a fact with a colleague. Instantly, I was convicted and led to look at what and WHY I had embellished the truth. It had just popped out of my mouth, like Sara said it does. The real reason for the exaggeration was for a puffing up of self which had no bearing on the subject we were discussing. I immediately returned and spoke the REAL fact to the other person and as I would have expected, the true fact had little significance for the other person. BUT I WAS WRONG!!!!(again). TO MY AMAZEMENT the other thanked me and said to the effect that the accurate fact encouraged her. IMAGINE THAT!
    Thank you Lord, for COURAGE to continue to speak truth and to keep quiet when necessary to the good of the KINGDOM and thank you Sara for the exhortation on COURAGE and the MOUTH.

  2. Ecclesiastes 3:7 “A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be QUIET and a time to SPEAK.” (footnotes for the verses 1 – 9) “Timing is important. All the experiences listed in these verses are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice.”
    I looked up courage in the dictionary and it means: “Bravery, or fearlessness.” God help us to be “brave and fearless” when we need to SPEAK, or when we need to be SILENT.

  3. Tammy, your comments remind me of the Song based on Ecc. 3:7, entitled, “TURN TURN TURN” by Pete Seeger.
    “TO Everything–Turn turn turn
    There is a season–turn turn turn
    And a time for every purpose under Heaven.”
    I think you captured the essence of the Scripture in reference to the quote on COURAGE… time to speak and the time to refrain from speaking…

  4. God tells us many times throughout the book of Proverbs to pay attention and listen to Him. “Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates.” (Prov 8:34). Now therefore, listen to Me, My children, for blessed are those who keep My ways. Listen implies much more than just hearing and doing nothing about it. To sit down and listen seems to say humble yourself, take a lower seat, and heed by doing what God is telling you to do. He may be trying to teach us something through what someone else says to us and that is the time to cease our own speaking and listen. To listen to and do things that are contrary to our ideas or wants may be difficult and seem fearful and take courage to carry through. Just as it may have taken courage for someone to speak and instruct us. I see this realting to Needles comment from Ecclesiastes.

  5. After reading the thoght for the day and what Needles wrote about timing and the definition to courage, I was reminded of what I had read about the author of the Hymn Stand up,Stand up for Jesus…it is written of him (Dudley Tyng) that his dying words were to his father and those words were “Stand up for Jesus,father, and tell my brethren of the ministry to stand up for Jesus”….Dudley an Episcopoal pastor in 1854..and he preached against slavery…complaints rose from the more conservative members and he resigned in 1856…On March 30, 1858 at a rally He stood up and said “I would rather this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message”…over a thousand men were converted that day….Two weeks later Dudley was visiting in the countryside, watching a corn-thrasher in the barn, his hand moved too close to the machine and his sleeve was snared…his arm was ripped from its socket, four days later as he was dying that is when he spoke those words to His father…..after the funeral, Rev. George Duffield read a peom he had written, inspired by Dudley words, and an editor of a hymnal heard the poem and published it…
    Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross lift his His royal banner, it must not suffer loss
    From victory unto victory His army shall He lead till every foe is vansquished and Christ is Lord indeed
    Stand up, stand up for Jesus,The trumpet call obey Forth to the might conflict In this His glorious day,Ye that are men, now were Him Against unnumbered foes Let courage rise with danger, and And strength to strenth oppose
    Stand up stand up for Jesus stand in His strenth alond The arm of flesh will fail you, Ye dare not trust your own Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer where duty call, or danger, be never wanting there.
    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, The strife will not be long This day, the noise of battle, The next, the victories sound.To Him that overcometh, A crown of life shall be He with the King of Glory shall reign eternally..(George Duffield, Jr.1858),,from “Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan”
    I also found that with the standing, even as with the sitting there is a cost to it….courage takes courage…dj

  6. It is so COOL how we are seeing, hearing and doing. MG’s comments and others make me think of this Psalm 133:1-3:

    “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!
    It’s like costly anointing oil
    flowing down head and beard,
    Flowing down Aaron’s beard,
    flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.
    It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon
    flowing down the slopes of Zion.
    Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing,
    ordains eternal life.”

    When we are in concerte with others we may have the lead role and yet without the parts of all the others we have no concerte. We may be listening to the life story of another and find that we think we can make ourselves look good by letting them know we have a more interesting story, a higher degree, or a better paying job, etc. But, the fact is always the same, it’s not your story, your hurt, your pain, therefore, your story is like a disease set free in the fellowship or group. Timing and season is like a jackpot experience! Just as the psalmist writes this is where God COMMANDS the blessing. Always when we help bring unity.

    Now this takes great courage/fortitude to keep your story for the right season and it will come. There is a season for all things…..I pray for God’s lilies that we all will receive the blessings that God commands for us!

    Just a little note: We have often heard others say, “now she has intestinal fortitude,” a cliché for courage…Fortitude suggests firmness or strength of mind rather than physical bravery. So when I think on courage being fortitude I think it has to come from within and having control of one’s mind and thoughts. Like St. Peter says, “gird up the loins of your mind.”

  7. I love what you wrote, Sara, about “keeping one’s OWN STORY for the right timing,” so to speak…that “God will bring it forth”, like Tammy wrote, ‘in the appropriate season.’ Sometimes we chomp at the bit wanting to have our say…NOW… what we have to say might be important or beneficial…but NOT AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME! But as you said, there will come a time to share …it might be the next moment or it might be with another who needs to hear your oration. Oh, for the discernment to know and sense and listen to the Spirit of the Living God. Oh, yes! We can do that by girding up the loins of our minds! Thank you impetuous Peter…how you so understand me and have written about me in your little book!!

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