Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage.
What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage.
What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage.
What makes the Hottentot so hot?
What puts the “ape” in ape-ricot?
Whatta they got that I ain’t got?
-The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz
Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength. Despite my breakdown of tears this morning, this is what I aspire to do. Regardless of my intentions, it will not happen unless pray and continue along that path of trusting that God will provide all that we need –even though, on the outside it appears to be a disaster of epic proportions.
Despite the Cowardly Lion’s self-disclosure, he was courageous in defending Dorothy the Wicked Witch and the Wizard knew this and proclaimed it as he bestowed a medal of courage to the Lion
As for you, my fine friend, you’re a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger you have no courage. You’re confusing courage with wisdom. Back where I come from, we have men who are called heroes. Once a year, they take their fortitude out of moth balls and parade it down the main street of the city and they have no more courage than you have. But they have one thing that you haven’t got – a medal. Therefore, for meritorious conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous bravery against Wicked Witches, I award you the Triple Cross. You are now a member of the Legion of Courage.
I want to be a member of the Legion of Courage like the lion and despite the thorns thrown into my path from the evil one, I want to cast aside my own concerns and realize that nothing happens without the knowledge of Christ and with it, the grace to continue.
One of my favorite quotes helps me to know that I am not alone in this journey and that my journey is not for naught.
Remember, we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for. We all have a purpose to fulfill. The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot keep you. –Jim Wallis