Full courage

· Courage Challenge: Day 4 ·

Oct, 05, 2023

Let’s look at what full courage for the honor of Christ looks like on Day 4 of the courage challenge. 

P.S. I’ll also apologize that this is arriving on the 5th rather than the 4th.

But I love this verse so let’s dive in. 

as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

The book of Philippians

Philippians is one of the many letters of the New Testament written by Paul to a group of believers. He usually begins his letters with a greeting and an encouragement. This verse comes from that introduction, where Paul focuses on the advance of the gospel and the surpassing greatness of Christ. 

Full courage

In thinking about this phrase, “full courage”, I realize that the attitude with which Paul writes this begins with the first phrase “eager expectation”. 

I’ll be very honest and say that in these last few weeks of life I haven’t felt a lot of “eager” or “full” anything. I’m exhausted. There are big things happening in my life; some are planned, others have been surprises. The temptation to just struggle through and focus on surviving is a daily struggle for me. 

And while I think there’s grace for a season where you have to focus on survival. But in reading this verse, I found myself wanting that full courage and eager expectation. 

I want to be on tiptoes, like my daughter when she’s watching my husband or I do something, peering into the next day watching for what God has for me. 

Full courage in daily life

My daughter, though she’s tiny and mighty, epitomizes this courage and eagerness. I’m so grateful for her example to me, even when she’s just living her little life exploring the world. 

I pray that you can look ahead with eager expectation and full courage this week. 

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