READ: 2 Timothy 1
REFLECT: How does Paul characterize his ministry to young Timothy?
RESPOND: Identify the greatest example of courage through suffering that you have witnessed in your lifetime.
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“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
The greatest example of courage through suffering that I have witnessed is acts of dedication by my father. My mother was an alcoholic my entire life and died from it when I was 16. Although my father was not perfect he displayed a fierce loyalty and deidcation to our family that I could only appreciate and understand once I was older and had a family of my own. The sad truth is that most men today would leave their wive's today in a similiar situation. My dad has passed now but fortunately I was able to express my gratitude to him for his sacrifice and suffering for the good of our family.ReplyDelete
My Sister Debbie is a living example of great courage through suffering. As my oldest Sister, her childhood was cut short by sexual abuse and way more responsibility than should be delegated to a child ... She has also endured many hardships associated with an alcoholic husband. She humbly walks a faith journey with a spirit of power, love, and self control.ReplyDelete
The best example I can think of is my Grandmother, who is my oldest living relative. When my Grandfather passed away more than a decade ago, she was the strong one at the funeral and told us all "we're sad for us, but be happy for him, he is with Jesus now." She still attacks life with a joy that I can't believe some times. Today's note is inspiring me to give her a call!ReplyDelete
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