Seldom can I think of an occasion when people of every shape, size, color and creed didn’t appreciate a well selected gift. Now, what some may consider to be the perfect present may vary one to another. Nevertheless, gifts that are meaningful, thoughtful and timely, always seem to be the best of all. With this in mind, I began reflecting on the gifts that I’ve received. Initially, I considered gifts I’d received I’ve had in hand – tangible items, hand made cards from children, fragrances and frills; but, as I explored the idea more deeply, I thought about one of the greatest gifts of all – courage.
When I think of the phrase, “take heart,” I am reminded of the courage that is so essential to withstanding opposition, forging new pathways, answering questions that seem unanswerable, and standing up when it seems the world around you is perhaps sitting down. Having the courage to face the unthinkable is a gift that has no endpoint – because it fuels the tenacity to go against the grain, even if you feel you have nothing left to give.
In all honesty, I can’t say that I know the source of everyone’s courage; but, I can say that mine comes from a sole place. My faith. There are beliefs to which I adhere, though not everyone always agrees with me, because I have confidence in the One who is with me when I would otherwise feel alone. I need Him. Life here is filled with such confusion at times, I’d be foolish to think that I could handle all of my troubles on my own. Admittedly, I rely on Him.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture can be found in Proverbs 3:5. I memorized it in a version that says, “Lean on, trust, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding; but, in all thy ways, know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He shall direct and make straight and plain your path.“
I’m so grateful that I have Him to lean on. I’m so thankful, that when I can’t see out of so many proverbial dark tunnels, I know that His light will be their to guide me – give me direction – to give me confidence that He knows what is best and has the ability to hold (and protect) my heart in His hands.
There are more than a few occasions in life where we encounter situations that may inconceivable. I’ve experienced enough of them to write an entire book (and I did, entitled “The Power of Your Pain”). That being said, I can say with assurance that my greatest comfort comes from Him. He gives me courage when I would have none. My advice to others? If you haven’t tried having a personal relationship with Him, consider it. I can take heart and endure the most difficult of circumstances, because He promised, He’d be with me always – and that is a gift I will cherish forever.
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