Joshua 1: 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
Don’t be afraid to stand up for goodness and righteousness. God commanded Joshua to be strong and courageous as they would be facing new challenges in their lives. Things were about to change, things were going to be different and God’s people needed each other to survive. Joshua as a leader needed to take the torch and inspire God’s people to be courageous and not be afraid of what may come. As God’s child, be strong, be courageous as to inspire your family and your brethren to continue in the faith and in Christ. Stand up for Jesus!