Cowards are easy to find in today’s society as they were in the Bible. I think how cowardly Jonah acted when he faced what he thought was an impossible task. I’ve talked myself out of doing things because of fear of failing or looking stupid, too.
And, it’s hard to stand up for what you believe when you know someone else’s convictions might blow you down. I might be a coward at times when I should speak up, but prefer not to get into a discussion or dialogue with people who have strong opinions. I know it would just be a lose-lose situation for me and a waste of time I could be doing something positive.
Courage is the opposite of cowardness. We gain courage by becoming more knowledgeable about world’s events, government, what’s happening in our schools (even if our children are grown), neighborhoods, and churches. It is my responsibility to be a good citizen–to listen, advise, take advice, and turn it into action.
If I have a complaint, I should offer a solution, such as getting together with my neighbors and discussing the on-going health care debate in congress and then write a letter to my congressman. It does no good to just crab about it. Become an octopus, using all your “hands” to work for a good cause.
Lord, make us stronger to stand up to our convictions. Amen.