Thoughts on Courage

Posted on Posted in 2008, Ministry News

I was reflecting on Matthew 10:39 today. “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” At times I feel like I am more interested in preserving my life, keeping what I have. As if what I have is worth keeping.

But then I look at these words of Jesus,  and it’s like, dang, what in the world was I thinking? I don’t want to preserve what I can’t keep. I want what is eternal. I want to throw off all that hinders, die to self, and truly LIVE in Jesus.

One of my favorite movies is Auntie Mame. She delivers the classic line, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” How true! We settle for cheap imitations instead of feasting on the Truth. Enough of that! I am heading for the banquet table.

G. K. Chesterton talked about the courage to really live like this:

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die…. A solider surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to live, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it, he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.”

Lord, today let me live courageously for you!