Habit of Courage

Hey Friends, 
So glad that many of you are jumping into The Seven Series. Some have asked if I have this in print form and the answer is no...not yet. After all 9 volumes are released I may put them all together but until then you can read them on a Kindle or download a kindle app for your device. 

Here though is another taste from Volume 2 - Get Up.

When God says to “arise,” we’re being shown a way out from the ordinary and into the extraordinary. It’s an invitation to something beyond us. The habit of leaving is rare but awesome. Yes, it can be scary. But we’re being waved forward into a dream we’ve only imagined or slightly tasted. Now these aren’t empty, man-contrived fantasies; these are the God-given dreams that we’ve not yet dared to pursue or failed to take hold of in the past. 

There will be plenty of challenges ahead, but inactivity is too high a price to pay. The investment we make to get up and courageously get after God’s promises is minuscule compared to the pain and price of staying put. There is a cost to unrealized dreams, but no longer can we live in regret of missed opportunities. This is morning for you, and every new day has new mercies. It’s time to risk again and believe God for what is truly extraordinary. 

Now, the road out of everything familiar can strike fear into the core of our being. This is a painful reality for anyone who desires to walk with God: It will be scary and it will be lonely for long stretches of the journey. Many have set out to follow God’s greater plan for their life, only to return to what is familiar. God won’t demand we leave what’s familiar, he simply says, “Follow me.”

Leaving everything that is familiar requires courage, because some do turn back and the majority just won’t move. The promised life that God offers us can almost seem to be fake. We wonder why more people aren’t getting up and going after their God-given dreams. We can begin to think that we’re radical, rare, or sometimes we wonder if we’re wrong.

This fear must be fought with every ounce of our being. You can’t settle for less than God’s best. When God gives us a dream we must move on it. And when that God-sized vision for a better, richer, and fuller life is dropped in our heart, we can be sure of this: God never goes back on his promises—“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Put a deposit on it, sacrifice for it, and do whatever it takes to get up and after your journey to extraordinary. And when it feels like you’re alone on this quest, when most seem content to stay put, don’t let fear hold you back. Somebody has to go first, it might as well be you. Make a habit of leaving the mediocrity and everything familiar. Get up. Never settle for less than God’s best.

Lamentations 3:22–23; John 6:66–67; 2 Corinthians 1:20