Friday, May 11, 2007

What if.....We had more courage


I just got off the phone with a coaching client who has some major career decisions to make. Throughout the nine months he has been out of work, his faith has carried him through many moments of doubt. He stands at a fork in the road and is not sure which road he is to take.

“Is courage an issue?” I said.

“Yes, it is.” My client said.

How many times have you been standing at a fork in your road, wanting clear direction as to which way you should go? It is a difficult place to be, but if you are willing to trust and gather the courage and strength from your faith, it will take your life to a whole new level that you never would have imagined!

In the movie “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade,” Indiana and his father search for the Holy Grail. The search takes them to caverns, and the only way to navigate through them is to use the dad’s notes for a safe passage. Indy’s father is injured so Indy must get to the Holy Grail himself. He comes to a point in the journey where he stands at the edge of a huge abyss. He sees the other side and the continuation of the path to the grail, but has no idea how to get across. After viewing the notes, Indy realizes the only way he can get across is to ‘take a step of faith’ and believe that he will be able to miraculously walk across air. After a deep breath, he steps out and indeed is able to walk. It is then that the pathway across the abyss is revealed. When you are able to take a courageous step into something you’re not sure of, you open up a whole new world.

How about you? Are you being called to take a courageous step of faith in your personal or professional life?

Tips to incorporate more courage:

1. Identify the area you know you need to take that step of faith. (Is there an area that you are struggling to relinquish?)

2. Take it to God in prayer and learn to let go of the control a little more each day.

3. Ask God for courage to take that step of faith and then just do it! Take that first action step!


Shalene said...

You know, Lynn, I don't always make it to this blog everyday, but when I do, it's great how God gives me the direction I need through you wonderful ladies. I've taken my step of faith, but sometimes forget that in order to continue to see the path the God has laid before me, I have to get the map from Him. It's almost funny sometimes, that it seems that He is testing me throughout this new "direction" I am taking, by making sure I ask him for every step, and keeping them from me, if I don't. He has shown me time and time again, that I still have not learned to completely rely on Him, and to quit relying on my own abilities. Mine is a pride issue, and it's so great that I can visit your blog and be convicted of my sin. Thanks for your upbeat and loving instruction to all who visit.

Randee said...

Lynn is a gifted life coach and counselor. We are blessed to have her part of The What If...Women. Praise God!

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anne said...

Lynn, I loved your illustration about Indiana Jones and his own "leap of faith". Thanks for the reminder that I'm not called to muster up courage on my own, but that going to God in prayer is where I'll find it.

Lori Arriaga said...

Isn't it amazing just how much courage we can have when walking close to God. It is always a good reminder to me when fear starts creeping in when I am trying to do things on my own and realize I need to get closer to God.