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Super Courage

I recently saw an advertisement for the TV show, The Agents of SHIELD. I’ve got to Hulu that one! As a kid I was smitten by super heroes as I read so many of the Marvel comics wishing I had super powers so I wouldn’t have to put up with the painful antics of the dysfunctional people in my life. If I had super strength, I’d show them.

Well, I obviously never became a super hero, but I did find one. And I never “showed them,” but He showed me how to rise above the dysfunction. Jesus gave me peace in the midst of the crazy, and I’ll trade that for x-ray vision any day.

I read this in Max Lucado’s, The Applause of Heaven, and I wanted to share it with you:

Could you use some courage? Are you backing down more than you are standing up? Jesus scattered the butterflies out of the stomachs of his nervous disciples…
We need to remember that the disciples were common men given a compelling task. Before they were stained-glassed saints in windows of cathedrals, they were somebody’s next-door-neighbor trying to make a living and raise a family. They weren’t cut from theological cloth or raised on super-natural milk. BUT THEY WERE AN OUNCE MORE DEVOTED THAN THEY WERE AFRAID! And as a result, they did some extraordinary things.
Earthly fears are no fears at all. Answer the big question of eternity, and the little questions of life fall into perspective.


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