Courage has always been celebrated. But there's a lot of confusion concerning what we consider courageous in our warped society. But guess what…our society has been warped for eons. According to Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Want proof?
What is happening now, is the same thing that happened over 2000 years ago. You can read all about it in the 8th chapter of John. One woman made some pretty bad choices and found herself in the courtyard of a temple, about to be killed. People were gathered around with rocks, ready to hurl them at her until she lay lifeless.
At the time, this was perfectly legal. The law stated that any woman caught in adultery should be stoned to death. But Jesus came to bring another take on the situation. It wasn’t that He was going against the law. Adultery is wrong. It’s a sin. Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.” Sin is wrong and should be punished. But Jesus, out of love, compassion, and obedience to His father, stepped in to take the punishment for her. He may not have taken the pelting of stones that day, but He would take the lashes for it later.
He showed by example how to bring unity among people, even if the only unity that day occurred between Him and a prostitute. He showed us how.
People were gathered. They were probably tearing her apart with ridicule and shame. Hurtful words were spewed out. That disgusted look in their eyes, and heavy rocks in their hands.
But Jesus stopped them—not with a battle of wits, or harsh words, or public condemnation. He stopped them by revealing Truth.
With seven kids, I've had to stand by their side while they get shots plenty of times. Some of kids were brave souls, who would set their chin, roll their shoulders back, and take it like a trooper.
While other kids of mine, well, we'll just say they had a tendency to be more dramatic when it came to shots and vaccinations. They would cry and scream like nobody's business.
But they all had to go through at one time or another.
One of our family's favorite activities is going to the library. It always has been. I first started taking my kiddos to the library when they were just little babies. I would have one baby on my hip, one baby holding my hand, and another baby still cooking in my belly! Our weekly visit to the library was such a fun event--we could get all the books we wanted and it was totally FREE! Hoooweeee! You can't beat that!
I remember when the older kids were still little, I wasn't very responsible with my library privileges. I lost a book and fines started accumulating. Then I let the kiddos check out some movies and forgot to bring them back. We were getting fined left and right. I remember one day when we went in for our weekly library visit. When I went to the desk to check the books out, the librarian informed me that my fines had run up too high and I could not check out any books unitl I paid down my charges. I looked at my kids' faces. They were so excited about reading their "new" books that they had just piled up on the counter. Then I leaned in close and whispered to the librarian, "how much do I owe?"
She grimaced and replied through tight lips, "fifty-two dollars."