03 Jun Ordinary Courage
When they saw the COURAGE of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
I spend a lot of time encouraging others to BE BRAVE, so every time I hear the word courage I pay attention. But “courage” was not what jumped out at me as I read this verse in Acts. What really caught my interest were the words “unschooled” and “ordinary.”
Earlier on in my leadership journey, I was struggling with my position, trying to pinpoint what was bothering me. One of the things I identified was that I felt a disconnection between my true authentic self and who I thought I needed to be in order to be worthy of my position as the leader of a faith-based organization.
So, I made a list. I listed all the things I thought a leader in my position should be and rated myself. I quickly realized I didn’t measure up.
Here are just two of the things on my list and the problems I had with them:
She (the leader) should be qualified.
She should have credentials, an education or some kind of schooling that qualified her to teach. Maybe a master’s degree in social work, psychology or counseling…something.
Problem: I went to college for a year and a half and quit.
She should have unquestioning faith.
She should stand firm in her faith and know exactly what she believes about every issue and doctrine.
Problem: I have unanswered questions and have to pray to God to give me understanding and wisdom…a lot.
The list went on and on. Although I met some of my made-up requirements, overall, I fell short. As I stared at the list I heard God whisper to me that the list was mine, not His. In fact, He doesn’t even have a list.
He called me and that was enough.
He called Peter and John…two ordinary, unschooled men. He gave them COURAGE and that was enough to make them history makers. It was enough for them to change the world and do things that astonished people!
What has God called you to do that you feel under-qualified for? Throw your list away, have COURAGE and go change your world!