One of my favorite books and movies of all time is the movie “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The main character Atticus Finch is a gentle man with firm beliefs and he lives his life according to those beliefs. It has been said the man who played Atticus in the movie, Gregory Peck had those similar qualities.
My own admiration of Atticus comes from a concrete pillar lodged deep inside of me. One that stands firm in my own beliefs and causes me to stand up for what I think is right, even if it is an unpopular stance to take. Which over my life has, at times, caused me great heart ache and pain.
In “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Atticus states what the concept of real courage should be.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you are licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
Anyone, even a child, can pick up a gun and shoot it.
But few, can stand firm in the muck and mire of this world, knowing their cause is lost and still pursue it to the end. Somewhere along the way, we quit, move on to the next eye-catching escapade of the moment. Why do diets fail and New Year’s Resolutions stay unresolved? Lack of courage to see it through to the end.
Jesus knew He was licked from the start but, He knew that in the end, we all would win. Jesus knew the horror He would suffer at the cross and yet He continued to the end. Jesus knows a love so great for us that it is never-ending. And there is nothing we can do or say along the road of life which will change Jesus, even until our very end.
Another part about Atticus’s courage is seeing. One must demonstrate this courage in all they do, for people to understand the depth of such courage. Jesus was the same with His actions speak louder than words. And never believe this was a mushy courage, this was a courage stronger than titanium. Nothing whitewashed but firmly, purposefully stated and done.
Truly, Jesus and Atticus knew a courage beyond the mere human’s definition of courage.
And that is where we must find our own courage. Not just courage to stand during the tough times, but courage to live our beliefs and lives through Jesus Christ every day, in every way!
The more we rely on Jesus for our courage, the more change we will see within our selves and our lives. And the less stench of this world will ooze from our pores. So, if you are in need of courage, cry out to Jesus.
Simply say, “Jesus help me!”
And then tell Him what you need. Start reading the bible. The book of John is a great start and wait for Jesus to show you how to obtain your courage. Remember everything is done in God’s timing. He will show you when it is time for you to know.
“Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith; be courageous, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13.
With Jesus, it is so easy to do!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!