Courage As Strong As An Oak

Last night, I saw courage at work. Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan delivered the benediction at the close of the Democratic National Convention. He specifically prayed for the unborn and for people at the end of the life:

“Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected. Strengthen our sick and our elders waiting to see your holy face at life’s end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile.”

This to a political party whose platform includes abortion and whose premier legislation includes an unelected panel that will ultimately make end-of-life decisions for you and me.

I don’t normally want to discuss political issues in this blog but I couldn’t pass this up. It took courage for Cardinal Dolan to pray as he did. And, the Twitter-verse proves how much people hate him for the stand he took.

Courage of Convictions

We all know people who exhibit courage: the student who stands up for his faith in school, the woman who faces cancer with courage and grace, the man who chooses to do what’s right despite workplace pressure, the military person who sacrifices to save others.

Does your denominational publication feature profiles? Who can you feature in a profile? Someone who clearly lives out courage is an excellent choice for a profile.

Ultimately, it takes courage to live a godly life and make godly choices. It also takes a firm reliance on God. Courageous people aren’t always the flashiest people around. They live a quiet courage instead.

How-To and Personal Experience

How can your readers become people of courage? What things do they need to remember when they face a difficult situation? What Scripture will help them? How can they learn to trust God instead of giving in to fear? What insights can you include in an article?

When have you faced a difficult situation? When have you learned to trust God and rely on Him for courage? Share your stories. Take others on your journey and help them see that they, too, can be courageous.

Make Your Fictional Characters More Courageous

Put your characters in situations where they need to make courageous choices. Make them believable. You may even borrow from your own life or someone else’s life. You’ll discover that courageous characters are more interesting characters.

Children need to see courage, too. They deal with friends, siblings, peer pressure and temptation, to name a few. Think of ways they can show courage. Make sure that it’s age-appropriate.

The Other Faces of Courage

Think of other ways to write about courage. Try poetry. Write a meditation/devotional, using a target Scripture. You will need an anecdote for the devotional. Tap into the stories from the courageous people you know.

We all need to live courageously. That courage comes from God. Help your readers see that nothing is impossible for Him and that He can give us the courage we need.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on September 7, 2012, in courage, inspiration, writer's life, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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