The Wonder of Courage

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” –G. K. Chesterton

Okay, not another “war” post about fighting, Kristin. Seriously. We get the analogy already.

Sorry, I write from my experiences, and wherever my heart is, I explore (even if the territory has been trampled before).

My husband and I saw Wonder Woman this weekend: as you know, I’m a sucker for a good superhero adventure and even more mushy over strong female leads. Aside from assessing my work-out routine as not nearly sufficient, I realized something else from the movie. Our capabilities are only worth as much as our courage behind them. We may possess more than our share of strength, talent, and insight, but if we don’t share it with anyone–if we are too afraid to leave our comfortable status-quo–we won’t credit much to the world around us (let alone, become heroes).

Granted, Diana (Wonder Woman) is a demi-goddess, but she doesn’t realize that until the end–after she’s already decided to take on Ares, the son of Zeus. (Sorry if you snub Greek mythology: just laying out the story). Anyway, everyone around her tries to dissuade her actions: it’s futile, you are one person, we can’t help everyone, etc. Despite the discouraging situation pressing in all around her, Diana doesn’t cower, but proceeds with tenacious valor.

What she fights for is more important than what she fights against. She fights for humanity, for preservation, for love.

Sometimes I wonder if the battle doesn’t motivate us to participate because we don’t understand what’s at stake. We think that complacent acceptance will “win over” evil and dissuade them from gaining more ground.  We’ve bought into the lie that if we keep out of it, we’ll be left alone. Not so.  After all, “evil triumphs when good men do nothing” (Edmund Burke) and the Enemy isn’t interested in giving you a hand-up or a free pass. Hiding in a corner won’t keep you from the line of fire. Hanging up your gloves doesn’t mean the Enemy will hang up his.

Even when fear pushes us into a corner, we can fight back with truth and courage, knowing we don’t fight alone.

Deuteronomy 20:1

“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.

Luke 10:19

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.
Psalm 44:5
Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.

Isaiah 41:10

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Psalm 138:7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

Exodus 15:3

“The LORD is a warrior; The LORD is His name.

Ephesians 6:11

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

1 John 4:4

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
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