Moral Courage: It’s Value

Courage is a highly admired virtue. Most often we associate the word with physical prowess or bravery. But there’s another form of valor that’s much more important because it comes up more often. It’s called moral courage – the willingness to face not physical danger but emotional pain, disapproval, financial insecurity, or uncertainty rather than compromise an ethical principle.

Moral courage is essential not only for a virtuous life, but a happy one. Without courage, we have no control over our lives. Our fears corrode our spirit and confine us like a barbed wire fence. That’s why they say a coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man but one.

Integrity is essential to self-esteem and the admiration of others. It requires us to put our comforts, possessions, friendships, and even jobs at risk in the defense of deeply held principles.

It takes moral fortitude to be honest at the risk of ridicule, rejection, or retaliation or when doing so may jeopardize our income or career. It takes boldness to be accountable and own up to mistakes when doing so may get us in trouble. It takes backbone to stand tough with our kids when doing so may cost us their affection.

Mark Twain said, ‘Courage is not the absence of fear but the resistance of fear, the mastery of fear.’ To paraphrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the enemy is not what we fear; it is fear itself. If our insecurities and anxieties cause us to lose confidence in the power of virtue, we will lose something very precious.

People with moral courage rarely get medals, but it is the best marker of true character and a virtue others can be proud of.

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Serenity of Faith

Calmness of mind, body and soul is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of placing faith, trust and your entire being in the hands of a loving and all powerful Creator. Peace in the being of a believer is an indication of ripened experience, coupled with faith in Someone bigger than that of self and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of faith.

A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a God-created being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of all things were created, and as one seeks wisdom from a loving Creator and a right understanding of morals and values seeing more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene in God’s love and inner peace.

The calm person, having learned how to let God direct his or her paths, knows how to encourage others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength in a once and forgotten faith, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil and God-dependent a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater knowledge in God’s will and accepting His peace in their souls, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly stable and at peace about matters.

The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of God’s truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!

How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by a lack of a God-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: …” (KJV)

Jn 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (KJV)

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Growing Good Corn

James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well (published in 1994 by McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc.) relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

‘How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?’ the reporter asked.

‘Why sir,’ said the farmer, ‘didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.’

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is in other dimensions of our lives.

Those who choose to be at peace, must help their neighbors to be at peace.

Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.

And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this . . . if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

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Gifts From the Heart

According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher.

After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.

Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container. The student challenged his teacher: ‘Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?’

The teacher replied, ‘You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter. Heartfelt gifts deserve the return gift of gratitude.’

I think we understand this lesson best when we receive innocent gifts of love from young children. Whether it’s a ceramic tray or a macaroni bracelet, the natural and proper response is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea within the gift.

Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally. Unfortunately, most children and many adults value only the thing given rather than the feeling embodied in it.

We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and purity of feelings and expressions of gratitude. After all, gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart.

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Plants and People

Plants grow best when we pay attention to them. That means watering, touching them, putting them in places where they will receive good light. They need people around them to notice if they are drooping at the edges or looking particularly happy in the sunlight. The more attention a plant receives, the better it will grow.

We need to be noticed in the same way. If we notice a family member or friend is drooping, perhaps we can pay some special attention to him or her. All of us need someone to care about how we are and to truly listen to us.

We can share and double someone’s happiness by noticing and talking about it also. We help the people around us to grow by listening to their droopy edges as well as their bright days.

People need this as much as plants need light and water.

Lk 6:28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” (KJV)

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Ten Steps to Make Your Days Better

1. Teach others what good and useful things you know; those that can, do; those that can’t teach.

2. Count your blessings – at least five – at the end of each day; God blesses us with so many- Thank Him.

3. Take time to talk – have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week; for get the world for a while and focus on one another.

4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up; nothing like a good dinner around good people.

5. Do something fun, and share your hobby with another that they might be inspired.

6. Have a good laugh at least once a day; they say laughter is good for the soul.

7. Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week-go walking or hiking.

8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day

9. Cut your TV viewing by half; listen to more radio. Nothing like hearing your favorite song.

10. Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day; it will come back your way when you’re in need.

Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Shouldn’t we be doing the same as Jesus? Yes, He commands us to do it.

Mt 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

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The Last Thing You Did

‘The last thing I did was the most exciting thing ever!’ he said.

I couldn’t wait to hear what it was.

‘Well, my friend, I can’t imagine what you might have accomplished, but whatever it was you must share it with me,’ I said.

The older man looked at me with somewhat of a surprised look on his face.

We stared at each other and I became a bit uncomfortable. Had I misunderstood what he said? Did he say something else and I insulted him?

‘Oh, I’m sorry. Did I misunderstand you?’ I finally said.

‘What did I say?’ he replied.

‘Didn’t you just say, the last thing I did was the most exciting thing ever?’ I repeated.

‘Well, yes I did.’

‘What was it? What was the most exciting thing ever?’ I asked.

‘Oh, I see,’ he replied. ‘You’re waiting for me to tell you that I won something or accomplished some great thing, right?’

‘Well, yes. Isn’t that what you implied?’ I asked.

‘In a sense, yes. But permit me to clear things up,’ he said.

I couldn’t wait to hear this one.

‘You look like a healthy man, are you?’ he asked.

‘Basically. I mean I have problems but nothing life threatening that I know of.’

‘Then you might not understand this,’ he said. Then placing his arm around my shoulder he explained.

‘About a year ago I nearly died. I had a heart attack that nearly ended my life. It was an experience that took me to my knees and lifted me back up again. It was then that I really began to see how valuable every moment is in my life.’

He then crossed in front of me and placing his hands on my shoulders, said, ‘Every last thing I do is the most exciting thing I have ever done. It’s one more moment, day, week, month past the day I almost died. That’s exciting!’

How very powerful that thought was.

It was like he hit me in the head. I have always said that everyone should have a near death experience so that they can appreciate life more.

Feeling down? Thinking you have nothing to be excited about in your life?

Think again. Try appreciating life so very much that the last thing you did would be the most exciting thing you ever did.

Right now for me … it would be sending this story to thousands of friends I’ve never met. Now, that’s exciting!

Credit: Bob P.

THANKS BOB!!! Great thoughts

Mt 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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