As a child, I was very timid. I wasn't particularly brave and was often scared of doing anything new that took me out of my comfort zone. I missed out on a lot being like that, and it is the motivation that causes me to encourage our children to be courageous and to step out and do things.
The Greek word used in the bible for courage literally means, "boldness and confidence" In God's terms, courage is the opposite of fear.
I've found that we receive an injection of courage when we realise how much God loves and cares about us. The more we understand the depth of His love the more courageous we become. That knowledge increases as we spend time with Him, pray, read His word and learn all His promises for us.
Courage also increases as we are empowered by Holy Spirit and His power. The one who is within us is greater than any adversary or threat we may face. Plus we also have a myriad of angels who are ready and waiting to assist us.
"For He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4 NKJV)
"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14 NIV)
Today if you are lacking courage, don't be afraid. Be of good cheer because God, when you ask Him into your life promises that He will be with you; to help, to strengthen and to enable you to do whatever you need to do.
Where you lack strength He says He is strong in us. Where you lack wisdom He says ask and He will give it. Where you are timid He says He will make you bold.
Courage is a gift that is available to all of us. The more we understand who we are, and who is on our side the more courageous we will be. Today "Be of good courage, do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go". (Joshua 1:9)
Prayer: Lord thank you that you promise that when I invite you into my life you will never leave me. Help me to understand your promises, and to take the time to know you because courage is found in understanding how much you love and care for me. Please help me to be courageous today. In Jesus name Amen