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.'
Each morning I get my coffee with my eyes barely open. My kids know not to even approach mom before I have had a cup of Joe and five minutes to let it start working. Each morning I walk over to the machine, pour the delicious pipeing hot fuel into a mug and breathe in deep waiting for the warmth to take over. Yes, I LOVE my coffee.
This afternoon I decided to get a mug of hot apple cider because it's fall and a little chilly (and I don't need any more caffeine today). I can't really do much physically because of being in a cast and the need to continue to elevate my foot. So picture me, elevating my foot, with my iPad about to begin sipping on my cider. I never pay attention to the mugs we have - as long as they are giant enough to hold my hot beverage I don't care. My mother-in-law likes to buy mugs for the kids that reflect their interests and so I guess that's what I grabbed to use.
Continue to picture, I'm sitting in my recliner with my feet up and I go to reach for my mug - and I see the huge word courage on the mug. This is what the other side of the mug says "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow". Wow! I don't ever remember this mug (even though I know she had to have purchased this).
"I will try again tomorrow". Isn't that all we can ask for? Try again tomorrow. Just because we are dealing with addictions, awful habits, hurt and hang-ups doesn't mean that others have it all figured out either. Everyone has to strive for trying again tomorrow right? So I pondered this for a bit and came to realize that if we never had our struggles and failures, we would never enjoy the accomplishment that happens when we overcome.
Having a sense of accomplishment creates amazing pleasureable feelings inside us - and I love how that feels. I want more of that feeling!
Today, I will end my day asking God for the courage to try again tomorrow. I'm not going to ask for him to take away all the burdens (but I do that sometimes too). Today, I'm going to pray for courage to face it all head on. I'm going to ask for courage to face my challenges and for the courage to make the right choice so that I might have that sense of accomplishment. Dear God, please fill me with courage today!