In his children’s book, Frog and Toad Together: Dragons and Giants, Arnold Lobel tells a story of two friends, Frog and Toad. While reading through a book about dragons and giants, Frog and Toad wonder if they’re brave. They decide to go out and confirm their bravery.
This, of course, after looking in their mirror and saying, “We look brave… but are we?”
They climbed a mountain. Faced with a deadly snake, a rolling avalanche, and a hawk, they ran home trembling. Toad hid under the covers and Frog hid in the closet.
“They stayed there for a long time, feeling brave together.”
What Do You See?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror and decided all the reasons why you’d never make it through the fearful and painful situation.
- I’m not strong enough.
- I’m not smart enough.
- I don’t have the education.
- I certainly don’t have the resources.
- I don’t have the right connections.
- What if I fail?
- I don’t want to be embarrassed.
- I am absolutely terrified.
- I’m totally, not brave!
Change Your Perception
Okay, okay. So maybe you’re not feeling so brave. Maybe you’re terrified and shaking in your boots. Maybe you don’t have what it takes.
What if we change our perception?
What if we start looking at ourselves as:
- Redeemed in Christ (Ephesians 1:7).
- Strengthened by God’s grace (Ephesians 12:9-10).
- Empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
- A masterpiece, created to do work prepared before hand by Christ (Ephesians 2:10).
- Able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13).
Courage Requires Action
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act in the presence of fear. Faith is not the absence of doubt, but the courage to believe in spite of doubt. Trust is not the absence of qualms, but the capacity to go forward despite misgivings.”
~ Rev. Mary Harvey
“Courage is not the absence of fear.” It doesn’t mean we’re fear-less. Instead, it means we take action in spite of our fears.
But how do we move forward when our knees are trembling and our feet locked in place?
- Prayer. Prayer. Prayer. Know who you are in Christ.
- Change your perception through God’s word.
- Most of our fears never come to pass. Write them down. What’s the worst that can happen if you face this fear?
- Quiet the voices that intimidate and terrorize you. Declare God’s truths.
- Trust God. You’re not alone in this. God is ever-present.
- Take a step forward in faith. The scariest step is the first step. Once you’ve moved beyond that initial step, the anxiety decreases.
Are you ready to face those fears? Like Frog and Toad, all we need to do is take one step. Then another.
My friend- from where I sit, you look very brave today…
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