To quote Ambrose Redmoon, a hippy and former rock band manager (…. neither author nor band have I heard of) “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
What is the stronger passion that burns within us that overcomes fear? I trust that it is a just one! With all the challenges we face and mindful of our own human frailty, what are the things of most importance that ensure that we persevere?
As we approach Remembrance Sunday we reflect on people of courage. Those who fought for King or Queen and country; many who sadly lost their lives. Some won’t have felt very courageous .They may have been motivated by duty, or by fear of what others might think of them if they didn’t fight .One hopes that most were motivated by serving a just cause.
Courage is a characteristic that is also displayed by many characters in the Bible. It is exemplified in the life and death of Jesus. Christians believe that Jesus, as God, limited his supreme power and authority when he came to earth. He had courage to challenge injustice and false religion. Jesus needed extreme courage to fulfil his mission, his self-sacrifice on the cross. All motivated by love. In and through this unique and courageous act, God’s grace and forgiveness is offered to all people, of all time, who will trust in him.
Courage is the theme for All Saints’Church this month. We need it in everyday living when tempted to avoid the people, issues and situations that we fear. My challenge to myself and my congregation is to live in faith and not in fear. Jesus calls us to follow his loving example, to take steps of faith and make a stand for the things of most importance.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
By Patrick Bateman – published in Ilkley Gazette – 5 November – Thought for the Week