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Every now and then a song or a movie comes along that just makes you feel good inside. In the movie, We Bought a Zoo, a scene is played out between a young man named Dylan and his father Benjamin. Dylan, who is confused about his feelings for a young lady says, “I like her. It’s like you embarrass yourself if you say something, and you embarrass yourself if you don’t”.

 Benjamin grins at his son in that way fathers have, takes a deep breath, and replies,

You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you…something great will come of it.”

            There is some truth found here for our own lives. Every now and then all we need is a little moment of insane courage in order to do great things for God. Caleb displayed great inner strength when he faced the weakness of the people and said of the Promised Land, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are able to overcome it.” (Num 13.30, 14). Daniel and his friends were able to gather their courage in the face of an angry King Nebuchadnezzar when the king asked, “and who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” (Dan 3.16-18). Peter and John showed their trust and devotion to Jesus in the face of the high priest and other rulers of the Jews when they boldly declared the power of Jesus Christ to the people, even in the face of certain punishment or death (Acts 3.12-26).

            Finding that moment of insane courage which may needed to face down evil, to turn away from sinful actions, to stand up to your friends and family if need be, or to rise up and say, “I am ready to be a faithful servant of the Lord”, can be terrifying in this world often filled with hate, racism, and hypocrisy.

            Friends, you can take courage, we are not alone! God will strengthen us. The apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Php 4.13). Christ will strengthen you too! All you need is literally twenty seconds of insane courage, and I promise you…something great will come of it.