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What command appears most in the Bible?  Love your neighbour, don’t sin, don’t worship money or something else?

That’s right, it’s something else: “do not fear”/“do not be afraid” appears in the Bible over 300 times. 

There are several interesting things about this. First of all, the Bible isn’t saying, “There is nothing scary so you don’t need to be scared.” Let’s be real… life is often scary. That, however, does NOT mean we need to be scared of it.  Secondly, the command “do not be afraid” more often than not, is followed by an action that God is or will be taking. Here are a few such examples:

 

 

Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.

Deuteronomy 3:22

 

 

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32

 

Another interesting thing is that 10 times “do not be afraid” is followed by “do not be discouraged.”  Have you stopped to consider that being afraid and being discouraged are related? After all, the opposite of “discouraged” is “encouraged.” And encouraged means to be filled with courage!

So, how might you and I be more courageous this week, at school, at home, in your community? Not everyone is to be courageous in the same way but God gives everyone who asks strength, wisdom and reassurance.

Have you heard of Yusra Mardini, a Syrian Christian refugee?  She’s had and continues to have great courage.  Here’s a video about her:

 

 

 


A prayer that all faiths can pray:

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

Optional: A song written about when we feel we don’t have enough courage:

 

 



Here’s Yusra speaking about her role with the United Nations:

http://webtv.un.org/news-features/un-stories/chinese/watch/olympian-yusra-mardini-appointed-as-un-refugee-agencys-youngest-ever-goodwill-ambassador/5413789489001

 

And here’s a link to more details about her: 

http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/longform/a39703/syrian-refugee-olympic-swimmer-yusra-mardini/

 

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