Good Courage

We were singing an old hymn in church and one phrase in the chorus caught my attention, Good Courage. I’ve heard that all my life, but it struck me today as I watched the words flash across the screen, and I began to think about what it meant.

Is there such a thing as bad courage?

I mean the very word, courage, brings to mind admirable qualities of standing firm no matter the odds. But is that always what God wants us to do? So I did a little digging into my Bible and came up with this answer…it depends.

There are definitely times when we are to walk away. Even Jesus walked away, metaphorically speaking, when Satan tempted him to throw Himself off the temple heights and watch the angels come to his rescue.

So how does all this apply to my writing life? It applies to my focus. I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities come my way. Lots of them worthwhile projects working with great people.

But the truth is, I can’t do everything. If I try, I won’t accomplish anything. (Oh the pain of that particular lesson learned!)

So I’ve had to learn to have the courage to walk away. I’ve had to trust that God will provide the things He’s told me He would. And even if they’ve not yet appeared, it’s not a reason to stray from the path He’s shown me.

What do you need to walk away from?

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. I Timothy 6:11 (NIV)

Edie Melson

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine and the Senior Editor for Connect with her on Twitter (@EdieMelson) and Facebook (Edie Mahoney Melson).

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