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Forget the speeches, take action


Faith is not about choosing the right section in the stands, dressing in the team colors, or yelling for, or at, the team on the field. Faith doesn’t get drunk and obnoxious and rude; it doesn’t cross it’s fingers and wish for humiliation and defeat on the field. Faith is not about cheering and winning.

In fact, faith isn’t about being a loyal fan, it’s not about tailgating or hosting the best, or biggest “game watching party.” Faith is not a spectator sport or a commentator rant about players who are messing up or missing the mark. It’s not much about talk at all.

It’s all about playing the game with power from God. “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16 NLT

Faith is all about courage—choosing to get out of the stands, off the bench and into the game, regardless of what others say or do.

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT

Faith is courageous. It’s yielding to God’s push; accepting the call to take action beyond the expected.

When God spoke to Joshua about his new role as leader of Israel, he didn’t call Joshua to make a speech, or lead a discussion group, or talk about the dangers of moving into the promised land, Joshua was to take action. God said, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT

Be courageous!


Hillel, our guide during the recent Holy Ground Tour of Israel, told a story of courage that touched my heart.

On March 13, 1997, 80 seventh and eight grade Israeli schoolgirls were on a field trip to the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights. Their trip included a visit to the “Island of Peace,” a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourist resort under Jordanian rule.

When the girls got off the bus a Jordanian soldier stationed at the site, opened fire on the group with an M-16 rifle. He killed 7 girls and wounded six others before his rifle jammed and the Jordanian soldiers seized him.

Israel’s new peace agreement with Jordan was in the balance.

Three days later King Hussein of Jordan piloting his own plane, touched down at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, where he was met by Netanyahu and Foreign Minister David Levy. They drove immediately to the home of slain schoolgirl Sivan Fatichi, 13, in the farming community of Moshav Tsafalon near Beit Shemesh.

Offered bread and salt in a traditional sign of welcome, the king knelt before the family, who were sitting on the floor, in accordance with traditional mourning—shiva.

Then King Hussein said, “Your daughter is like my daughter. Your loss is my loss. We are members of one family. The shooting was a crime that is a shame for all of us… I feel as if I have lost a child of my own. If there is any purpose in life it will be to make sure that all children no longer suffer the way our generation did.” He humbly accepted responsibility.

Afterwards King Hussein also visited the wounded schoolgirls in the hospital, and ordered financial compensation to the families affected by the attack.

King Hussein’s step of courage was unexpected and healing. But, it was not without it critics. Various Jordanian individuals and groups criticized King Hussein’s act for humbling himself before Jews.

Courage changed lives.

One year later a new daughter was born to parents of one of the victims; they named their new daughter, Jordan, in honor of the King’s visit.

Courage requires action, not speeches, or sermons, or consensus.


It’s time to be the story of courage…to take action. Take responsibility for past failures. Step forward and give before you are asked. Rescue a discouraged friend. Step forward. Be the first to act.

You have the power, use it.

God wants you out of the huddle and into the game. Make the call. Send the note. Stop talking about what should be done, and DO it.

Just do it. Be courageous!

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October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment More