Ways to be brave . . .

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.  But sometimes it doesn't.  Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” Veronica Roth 

Bravery.  A strong word when it means laying down your life for something bigger than yourself.  As the Son of God, this is everything that Jesus did. There are many thoughts to how his reactions and feelings were in the Garden of Gethsemane. I found a good article written on it 
HERE.  Throughout my years I have wondered what scholars thought occurred within him at this time. Was he in pain, agony, was he fearful or did he feel forsaken? God would NEVER abandon his son. God will never abandon us. Jesus prayed, "yet not mine, but your will be done."  

I believe in today's America believers must be brave. We have so much shoved at us from media, social media and all the 'different' groups of "me" people, that we know what is around us... we are slammed, abused, screamed at, discarded, kicked and beat up. We have to grit our teeth, cling to our God, and know he will not leave us or forsake us. Does it matter what side of the political scene you stand on?  I think not. During this storm I continue to uphold and affirm the word given to us in scripture. We need to align our decisions, responses, attitudes, and thoughts of cultural happenings through the prism of God's Word. 

Our personal feelings and political correctness, and the opinions of others are really not important. Only God's Word is important. His Word should be our standard of living. 

"Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

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