An Encouraging Word
Courage to Act
What do you think of when you hear the word courage? A military hero? A police officer, EMS, or firefighter? Maybe it’s someone fighting a terminal illness? I ask the question, because it is on full display throughout our ministries at the Lord’s Gym.
I am most impressed with those who have come to face their drug addiction head on. I marvel at the woman who, after years of drug abuse and self-inflicted harm, turns her back to the street and receives the help so lovingly extended to her. She willingly bears the pain, trauma and shame in order to embrace the new life that is waiting for her. I see strong and courageous women who are striving to let sobriety take root in their lives. I had planned to share the story of one woman, but after thinking of the others who have graced our doors, I was reminded of the common trait they experienced and shared with us – courage! They had the courage to act, submit to those who can help, and trust God for the healing.
It’s an interesting process. We take the initiative, by faith, to receive help. Then, God shows up to provide his healing power to overcome and restore. In Matthew 12:13, Jesus tells a man with a withered hand to extend his hand. Once he takes the initiative to extend and present his hand, Jesus proceeds to heal and restore his hand. I appreciate the witness of our friends who are demonstrating such fundamental courage and faith. May we all have such courage! Blessings, Scott