I can’t wait to start our Courageous series at River of Leland this week. This one word conjures up so many thoughts especially as we approach Veterans Day. I’m so thankful for all of the families who’s lives have been forever changed because of the faithfulness of young men and women to serve in harm’s way – young men and women who live Courageously every day of the week.As believers, there is much to be learned from their example.

When children are learning to ride bicycles, we usually bolt on a set of training wheels to keep them balanced. Not a big deal at the time. More than anything, the parents are stoked that their young one is able to pedal a straight line and actually stop on command. A few weeks ago I watched a young 5 year old pedal her training wheel protected bike down a remote street in a nearby neighborhood. I patiently waited in my truck as her dad guarded the street on my end. Her mom proudly sent her off as granddad ran along beside. I could almost hear the theme song from “Chariots of Fire” with each powerful pump of the pedal. Pink helmet adorning her blonde locks as though a tiara, she hit the grass on one side, the drive way on the other and eventually pulled the glistening Barbie Bicycle to the center of the street and crossed the finish-line into dad’s arms.

Such a cool sight to witness. But I have to ask, if that kiddo were still using training wheels at age 12, would mom and dad be equally proud? How about a college campus busy with training wheel armed bikes? Absurd, right? While there is a time to live cautiously, believers are called to live Courageously! Too often you and I forget to take the training wheels off. I think it’s time to start living Courageously!

Joshua 1:9 
9Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Amplified Bible)

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