As you look through history you may recall the names of people that accomplished great and mighty things in their lives. Some may have seen their dreams come to fruition while they were alive and others may have set the platform for others to run with and bring the dream to completion. Courageous people are few and far between but their impact makes a lasting impression.
To define courage may need to come from the perspective of fear. I once read a statement by someone that said, “Courage is not the absence of fear but taking action in spite of the fear.” It is there for all of us to see that there is a lot of oppression in most countries around the world today. Most of the oppression is economic slavery as opposed to the days of physical slavery when people were used to work people’s farms.
The systems in place today are what we could call a “Babylonian system” designed to control and manipulate people for the benefit of a few selfish people at the expense of others. The strategy that is used to keep these systems running is fear which the majority of people are bowing down to. Consider what the Word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of a love and of a sound mind.”
When you read the book of Genesis in the Bible God’s design was that mankind dominate and subdue the earth, but not one another. Coming from a developing country in Southern Africa I have experienced the hardship of how this kind of oppression can affect millions of lives. Walking with God has helped me to see light in the midst of darkness so that I can be a blessing to other people and my aim is to help you do the same.
You get to a point where you are fed up with oppression and say to yourself, “I will fight for my liberty no matter what it takes.” When you take a stand to fight for your freedom the battle and oppression will heat up and it’s an indicator to keep driving forward. The darkest hour is usually before dawn so when you experience extreme hardship know that you’re close to your breakthrough.
Below are a few examples of people that were courageous and turned their worlds upside down. Learn from their examples and do the same in your world.
1. Strive Masiyiwa
Strive Masiyiwa is a telecommunications tycoon from Zimbabwe whose company, Econet Wireless and its subsidiaries, have transformed the way that people communicate in Southern Africa and subsequently all around the world. Due to the commitment to his vision he has created 1000s of jobs for people particularly in Zimbabwe, a country with astronomical unemployment rates. His biggest challenge was getting his company off the ground as the government denied him an operating licence for 5 years. I tend to wonder what the level of unemployment would be today had he not followed through with his vision.
2. Mark Zuckerburg
Most people know Mark Zuckerburg because of a social network tool that we all use today, Facebook. I remember reconnecting with friends I had last seen in primary school when I started using Facebook that I may never have reached otherwise. Not only has Facebook reconnected people but enabled all kinds of businesses to grow and establish their brand names globally. What some people may not know is that Mark was courageous enough to drop out of college and pursue this calling on his life. Had he not done so what would it be like today?
This is the mighty Joshua from the Bible, the successor to Moses. He led the people of Israel into the Promised Land that God promised to their forefathers many generations before. He had served under the leadership of Moses most of his life but then God told Moses that He would not see the Promised Land for his disobedience. I would like to think that Joshua would have preferred that Moses was still alive when they crossed over to the Promised Land.
Navigating new territory without his mentor must have been scary but he did it nonetheless. That is the meaning of courage! How did his act of courage help us today? They rescued a harlot named Rahab when they plundered the city of Jericho and it is interesting to note that she was part of the lineage that led to the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. What if Joshua hadn’t responded to that calling upon his life?
What you do in this life makes a real difference to the world around you, either positively or negatively. My challenge to you is what are you going to do with the calling that has been placed on your life?
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Be all you can be!