(...And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.) —Daniel 11:1 NIV
The entire Book of Daniel is an illustration of a Kingdom Man who shows courage to glorify God. From Nebuchadnezzar’s court, to Belshazzar’s dining hall, Daniel delivered prophecies of victory and destruction. He and his battle-buddies trusted God to the point of placing much more than their reputations on the line: They trusted Him with their lives and knew He would be glorified even if God “didn’t deliver.” As if God is capable of not delivering... The continuous demonstration of their trust persuaded kings and changed the community and the nation.
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with one of my mentees and disciples in Jacksonville, FL (JAX). This Kingdom Man serves one of Florida’s most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods. He’s not a JAX native, but when the Navy sent him there on assignment, he knew he had to do something for the community.
He started volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club. He coached pick-up football games. He shared his story and listened to theirs. In a word, he was present. Now, six years on, and medically retired from the Navy, this 25 year-old is one of the most trusted men in the community. He leads annual Back-to-School, Thanksgiving Turkey, and Christmas Toy drives for the families. I met dozens of boys and a Single Mom who said, “Coach Jay is a blessing for this community. He stands up when others walk away. Nobody believed in these kids, but Coach Jay does. Now they believe in themselves and each other.”
Daily Battle Order:
Showing courage is more than feeling brave in a moment. Showing courage is a lifestyle rooted in love and conviction. It is a continuous decision to show up and do the hard and uncomfortable thing. Coach Jay isn’t courageous because he goes to rough neighborhoods—he’s courageous because he stays and makes a difference. For you, it may be pointing out a lack of integrity at work. It might be an intervention for a lifelong friend. It might be initiating that desperately needed “Dear Neighbor” conversation. It might be getting your hands & knees dirty to support something or someone that has no direct impact on you.
Here’s today’s action step, Give! Get out your wallet! Support Coach Jay! Here is a link to support this year’s Back-to-School drive (https://gofund.me/91f9223d). God uses us to accomplish incredible things on His behalf when we just show courage.
Take control of your actions today to show others the One who is ultimately in control! Hallelujah!