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Spiritual Life: Have courage in the face of fear, intimidation and obstacles

Micah Smith, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

Until he drew his last breath, Caleb had determined to live life to the hilt, finish strong and enjoy the peaks and promises of God. Giants or no giants.

Some people start life running well and strong over a fresh landscape, dappled with morning sunlight. Life is an adventure, but it's also dangerous. After navigating the first scary surprise and taking the first painful fall, life has a way of losing its zest. The flowers no longer hold the appeal they did on that first exultant mile. The mountains that once inspired us now only make us tired, and before we realize what's happening, we reach the mid-life aid station and start looking for a chair.

Courage is the ability to act for what is right in spite of fear, intimidation or obstacles. The fact is, every good word or deed -- every worthy purpose or noble intention -- will probably draw criticism or opposition.

Every great accomplishment takes courage. But as Jesus told his disciples on the night before he died, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Peace, then, doesn't derive from our circumstances, but rather from a person -- the Prince of Peace himself.

Yes, the way may be steep, and giants may threaten our long ascent. But Jesus will give us all the courage we need to find our place of refuge and rest.


About The Writer

Rev. Micah Smith is president and founder of Global Gateway Network (, author of "Heaven's Heartbeat," and a Tri-City Herald Spiritual Life contributor. He enjoys trail running and coffee roasting with family and friends. email:

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