Joshua 1:9   Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We ordinarily look to people who have exhibited courage for motivation such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, or even in the Bible: David and Goliath, Paul. Someone said that “Courage [is] the moral backbone that separates true leaders from posers.” We are all at one time faced with the pressure to quit; and sometimes it may be easier to quit than to stay. But courage says that stay on.

So what motivates you to stay when it is easier to go than to stay? It is the promises of God for you in that particular situation. Joshua was faced with a daunting task of leading the nation of Israel to the Promised Land, after the death of Moses. He was stepping into the shoes of one of the greatest leaders in history, was leading a very problematic group of Courage [Is] The Moral.gifpeople. Everything around him must have been very discouraging. No wonder God said to him several times “Be strong and courageous.” A godly leader takes his or her confidence from God and spread it to others. This means that courage can be contagious just as discouragement can be.

Let me suggest a few things that you need to act on[1]:

  1. Ask God for courage in that project or leadership role
  2. Believe that you can be strong and courageous with God directing your steps.
  3. Replace negative thoughts with God’s promises from scripture
  4. Expect God to help you accomplish the task he called to do.
  5. Understand that true confidence comes from God.
  6. Pick up a daunting task, pray for courage, then do it with the confidence that God is on your side.


[1] The list is based on the book, Checklist for Life for Leaders: Checklist for Life for Leaders: Timeless Wisdom and Foolproof Strategies for Making the Most of Life’s Challenges & Opportunities, Nashville: Thomas Nelson,  2004

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