I came across a quote today which said, “Courage is what separates what a person may do from what a person does.” In context, the point of the quote was that a person may have the aptitude or the capacity to accomplish a certain task but will often fail to do so because they lack courage.
Without a doubt, fear is a great crippler. But, in my experience, it is rarely courage that moves people beyond fear. Rather, it seems to me that it is often desperation which separates what a person may do from what a person does. As I think of many the great stories of heroism, I imagine people who took desperate measures in desperate times. Oh, that doesn’t mean they weren’t courageous. I just think their heroic acts may have been initiated more from desperation than courage.
Are there areas of your life where fear is ruling the day? If so, maybe you’ve hoped and prayed for a bit more courage. And, I’m certain, it is well to have done so. But it may be desperation that ultimately moves us past fear. The reason for that is simple (at least, in my mind): When we become desperate we face the reality that the situation is hopeless based on our abilities and we come to rely completely on God. Philippians 4:13 puts it this way, “For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”