Fear, courage, character... helps you do hard things
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. - 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
To run a race and win, it’s necessary to know where the finish line is located. Right?
Who you are right now... is shaping who you will be at the finish line. There isn’t a way to short circuit this, or hijack this truth.
There are 5 hard things you can do to help win your race:
- Things outside of your comfort zone.
- Going beyond what is expected
- Doing things bigger than only you
- Things with delayed payoff
- Things that go against the norm
- #5 is the foundation of our faith. Jesus was counter cultural. Just as our faith may put us at odds with “the crowd”
What is the common stalling point for most guys? What must we learn to overcome to do hard things? FEAR! Where does fear die? With experience. How do you gain experience? Courage.
Courage is fueled by character - and character comes from rooting your life in truth, integrity - and doing hard things.
Courage is what we are building here tonight - by developing character. Decisions based on truth and certainty.
Set the destination before you open the map. Start with the finish line in mind, this is how you know what's ahead and the big things you'll need to do in order to win your race.