Deep within, we imagine ourselves as a mixture of Patrick Henry, Davy Crockett, John Wayne, and the prophet Daniel! But the truth of the matter is that most of us would do anything to keep from being different. We’d much rather blend into the woodwork. One of our greatest fears is being ostracized, rejected by “the group.”
There are other fears—fear of being made to look foolish, fear of being talked about and misunderstood. Rather than rugged individualists, we are more like Gulliver of old, tied down and immobilized by tiny strands of fear, real or imagined. The result is both predictable and tragic: loss of courage.
It takes courage to think alone, to resist alone, to stand alone—especially when the crowd seems so safe, so right.
Let me suggest four thoughts to help bolster your courage:
Remember. Just because “everybody’s doing it” doesn’t mean it’s either safe or right. You keep flying high above the crowd. Up there it doesn’t just seem safe and right, it is safe and right.
Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, The Strength of Character: 7 Essential Traits of a Remarkable Life (Nashville: J. Countryman, 2007), 20-21. Copyright © 2007 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
Just after Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, He walked back down the hill to find a crowd anticipating Him . . . when, suddenly, a leper appeared!
Surely all the bystanders scattered from this unclean, disfigured outcast who had humbly asked Jesus for healing. With compassion, Jesus reached out and touched the man whom society had deemed untouchable.
Follow Pastor Chuck Swindoll as he brings to life this amazing scene that perfectly portrays the magnetic presence and quiet compassion of Jesus Christ, our loving Savior.All Sermons by Chuck Swindoll