Respond: Do you want to have greater inner peace and be more courageous in your life? The two go hand-in-hand. In areas where we don’t have peace, we often have fear or unsettled hurt. Fear or unsettled hurt makes us shrink back where inner peace gives us confidence to be courageous.
In one of my favorite childhood movies, The Wizard of Oz, one of Dorothy’s companions is the Cowardly Lion. He believes that his lack of courage makes him inadequate. I could relate with the Cowardly Lion, as I struggled with fear, anxiety and feelings of inadequacy. When the lion meets Dorothy, he has no inner peace and is so full of fear and anxiety he proclaimed to her that he hadn’t slept for weeks. The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy decide to let him join their group and to go meet the Wizard of Oz so he can get courage. Only during the aftereffects of the Wizard’s gift, giving him the medal of courage, does he realize he’s courageous. God is offering you your own medal of courage. It’s in relationship with His Son, Jesus, and allowing Him to take all of your hurts and fears. Jesus lived a victorious life and overcame the world so we can live a courageous life in Him. Jesus is handing you a medal that reads, “Take courage!” You didn’t earn it or deserve it, but he his handing it to you because you believe in him and he loves you.
Is there an area in your life where you are shrinking back with fear or hurts and you need inner peace and courage? What is it? Talk with Jesus about it. Then, reach out your hands and take the medal of courage Jesus is handing you today. Take courage, put your medal on, put your head up, shoulders back and walk in a new life of victory.