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Quote: “One person with courage is a majority!” – John Maxwell

Did you know that courage doesn’t always win the popular vote?  Why is that?  I believe the reason is that courage often involves acts of faith toward a specific cause intended to make a difference in the world and that kind of change can make people uncomfortable.  By its very nature, courage can either inspire the enlistment of other courageous souls to its cause or invite ridicule and rejection stemming from a fear of change that courage potentially produces.  Due to misunderstanding, people can be naturally afraid of the unconventional methods typically deployed when a person expresses courage to make a difference, especially when it charters new territories of growth, opportunity, and change.

Think about the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, for a moment.  Their thoughts and ideas were certainly unconventional at the time.  It was no small feat to defy the laws of gravity with a powered ship designed to fly people in the air.  The changes their idea proposed were certainly uncomfortable for most contemporary minds of their day.  Public spectators said that people were not meant to fly.  In fact, it was believed that it couldn’t be done and that any attempt to do it would result in failure and perhaps even death.  Orville and Wilbur’s dream was a personal cause for courage which made people uncomfortable.  To fulfill the dream required unmoving faith on the part of the brothers as well as the enlistment of other people inspired by the thought of seeing the impossible made possible, despite the prevalent naysayer mindset. 

What about the challenges that you and your team face today?  Will you believe consensus that says the challenge is too big, the costs are too great, the outlook is too unfavorable, and the obstacles are too formidable?  Or will you believe the voice of the One who is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and promises that no weapon formed against you shall prosper?  With a spirit of faith and commitment, place your trust in El Elyon, God Most High, Creator and Possessor of everything, knowing that He is in total control of the dream He has placed in your heart and He is faithful to complete the good work He begins in you!

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Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

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