Doing What’s Right. Having Conviction. That is Living Fearlessly.

 

I think that most of us have a sense of right and wrong and sometimes we struggle with doing what is right when things get tough for us. Maybe you’ve told a lie to hide something you did to cover up a mistake. Maybe you threw someone under the bus to cover your own butt. Maybe you didn’t speak up when someone was being hurt, harassed or talked about in a negative way.  None of us are perfect and I am sure if I asked, all of us would say we have done one of these at least once in our lives.

But have you ever noticed people who, despite the trials or pressure they are under they don’t cave in? They stand up for the truth, for what is right.  I tend to gravitate towards those people. I don’t think they are that way to be prideful and suggest they are better than anyone else, but that they simply have a code of conduct that they live by and have strong beliefs in what they feel is right and stick by that no matter what.

While I may not agree with someones particular belief about a subject, I can appreciate that person’s convictions on that topic and their absolute resolve in what they believe in and the fact that they will not compromise. Do you know anyone like that? Do you know anyone who, despite even being ridiculed or cast aside, stands firm in their convictions?  Someone who believes and says what he/she says not to win favor, but to be honorable?

Keep in mind, I am not particularly talking about religion, though it could be, but I am simply referring to anything. Any topic at all.  Even politics or social justices which are hot button issues today. I find that I have great respect for such a person.  It takes a great deal of courage to go against the grain and hold fast to things you believe in, even if it isn’t popular. To be able to withstand the judgement of others for the cause.  I also hold in high esteem those individuals who perhaps miss the mark. They make a mistake, or realize the error of their previous actions or statements and are willing to admit them and take ownership of them. I respect that as well.

I think our human nature tends for us to be self-preservationists. We will often do what ever it takes to save face and not seem like we were in the wrong.  But a truly courageous person, can admit his or her failings and try to do better moving forward.  That is the person I strive to be. I am surely not there yet.

I just watched a documentary on HBO about Senator John McCain.  Entitled, John McCain, For Whom The Bell Tolls.  Besides hearing about Senator McCain’s life and the history of his politics and military service, what I find most remarkable and respectable about this man are his strong convictions and fortitude.  His ability to do what is right, even if it isn’t popular. To stand up to people and for people, even his political opponents, when something untrue is being spoken about them. The ability to admit his failings and apologize for mistakes.  I find that moral character to be so attractive in a person. The strength of doing what is right no matter the cost. I think most people can agree that even if you disagree politically with Senator McCain, one can respect his character and courage.

I encourage you to look within yourself and really think about what you believe in. What are some of the beliefs you hold to be true? Would you be the person to stand up for others? Would you be able to admit your failings? These things take courage. Can you do what is right? Be strong in your convictions and be courageous?  I hope that we can all take inventory and try to be persons of strong conviction and character.

 

 

 

 

How I Made It Through Some Trying Times

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Trying Times

Last year my family and I went through some very difficult times. There were many moments of despair and anquish. There were days I didn’t know how or if we could survive.

I prayed and cried out to God, I searched scripture after scripture trying to hold it all together. One of the great battles that I personally was dealing with was that I fully believed that God could heal, restore and make all things new, including this situation. I knew He was able. But my struggle came from the fact that God can fix all of our situations but for reasons we don’t understand,  He doesn’t always do so.

While I was trusting in His ability to help us in this situation, I just didn’t know if he would. Then while listening to the radio (K-Love) on my way to work one morning, I heard the song, Even If, by Mercy Me.  At the same time I was recalling the passage in the bible (Daniel 3) about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These three faithful men refused to bow down to a false god knowing if they didn’t they would be thrown into a literal fire. But they didn’t fear. They were confident that God would rescue them. But they declared that even if He didn’t, they still refused to worship any other god.

Man, talk about faith! These three sure had it. This story and the song, Even If, were so powerful and sustaining to me. I am grateful for both. Take a few minutes to read the above referenced passages. Also take a glance at a few of the lyrics from the song.

I know You’re able and I know You can

Save through the fire with Your mighty hand

But even if You don’t

My hope is You alone

I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt

Would all go away if You’d just say the word

But even if You don’t My hope is You alone

Those words are powerful! I wanted to have such a faith that whether or not our situation improved, I would still have my Hope in Jesus. I would still have faith.

He is Faithful

For my situation, things definitely did improve. Things aren’t perfect and some of these issues may be on going, but they are much better to say the least. I am so very thankful. I am also thankful for the fact that He is faithful. Whether or not our situation improved, I am eternally grateful that He was and is still walking right beside me. Every step of the way.

Remember, no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, Jesus is right beside us. Comforting us when we are hurting. Reminding us that He’s there, always. Even if we aren’t rescued from the fire.