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Reflections On Courage

I’ve been thinking a lot about courage lately and the more I think the more I realize that it is a difficult quality to define. Instead it is easier to identify it when seen.

Courage is not the absence of fear. Instead, it’s the decision that something else is more important than fear.

I do not consider myself brave.

Caring. Yes.

Kind. Yes.

Brave. Well, not really.

But years ago I was shown a small photo of a little baby girl in Russia. One look and my heart was captured. There was just something about her.

“Yes,” I said when asked if I wanted to move forward to adopt her.

“Yes, absolutely yes.”

But then as it happened I needed to fly alone to Russia to get her.

I’ll never forget that night that I boarded the plane for the overnight flight.

I looked back at my parents and gave them a wave knowing that anything might happen.

What ifs……

Just supposes….

If I had not thought of something to fear, other people had and they had freely shared their concerns.

But I walked that ramp to board that plane anyway.

Stomach clenched. Knees knocking.


But not really alone.

I knew a Presence went with me. But still there was no one to talk with. No one with whom to share my concerns. No, in the dark of the night the plane took off.

Fears abounded but my love for this little one was stronger. Much stronger.

I fully realized the dangers involved.

But love covered all of that.

Love drew me to her.

Courage is a decision that something else is more important.

Life takes courage. Making decisions based on something greater than fear.

Counting the cost and doing it anyway.

Examples abound of people who have chosen to do something

  Not because it was easy

     Or convenient

        Not because they had to

But they are driven by that divine obsession to love

    And to love till the end.

Courage is contagious.

It’s a marvelous quality. A jewel that shines brightly not only today but for all eternity.

The Power Of One Decision


It all started years ago when Denise Castelli experienced a tragic accident. I was moved as I read not only about her loss of a leg but also how she is now part of the CNN Fit Nation Challenge. You can read about it yourself  here-




What inspired me is the impact of her decision on the life of her father. Denise’ dad is now changing his own eating habits by dealing with emotional eating habits and serving sizes. Yes, her decision led to a huge decision in the life of her father which will improve his health leading to even more positive changes.


No one is an island. One decision you make today can have a rippling impact on many more than you can ever realize.


We spoke about it the other day at the table.

“Imagine how important it was that Nana was a nurse and at that very hospital where Papa went.” Papa was serving in the army and developed a fever so ended up being admitted to  Allentown General Hospital in 1945. There he met Nana who was a nurse.

“Why if they hadn’t met, there wouldn’t have been you.” Two pairs of eyes stared at me.

I swallowed and grinned.  Awesome thought.

“And if there hadn’t been you….where would we be?”

I chuckled at the thought.

“God had a plan. And it was for them to meet and for me to be. And for you to be mine.”

One powerful decision after another.

Guided. Led by the Unseen Hand.

Tenderly cared for and protected.


So what decision do you need to make? Remember that decision might very well set off a ripple of other decisions.


In His Time. In His Time. He makes all things beautiful in His Time, doesn’t He?

Trust Him today and rejoice as you live each moment knowing that your decisions are powerful.

Be Successful Today

Success is lived one day at a time; one challenge at a time; one decision at a time.

It is never too late to become successful. It is never too late to move forward.

All too often folks get stuck in the past. Something happens.  Something knocks them down. They begin to let their circumstance define them. Day after day goes by. Week after week. Year after year.

No longer do their eyes sparkle. They stop caring for themselves. They gradually sink lower and lower in the negativity.

But they don’t have to stay there. And neither do you.

No, no matter what has happened in your life, you can be successful today.

It starts with putting first things first.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)

There is a Power that is beyond us. There is a Love that keeps reaching. There is a Wisdom that is greater than our own. Get connected with that and you will be lifted far higher than you could ever go in your own power.

One day at a time.

Get in step with the One Who longs to take you places you never thought you’d ever go.

Be successful today.