Elevated Friday, September 18th, 2020
Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story many saw this week in Washington — a Medal of Honor ceremony. Army Ranger Sgt. Major Thomas “Patrick” Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor this week for his heroism in rescuing 75 hostages in 2015 in Iraq. Despite being under heavy enemy fire and the building itself being on fire, Payne continued to run into the building to rescue more hostages, risking his own life each time he did. Finally, he was the last man out with the last group of hostages. His courage, to continually race into mortal danger for the sake of others, is certainly befitting of the Medal of Honor, but also shows just how much we are capable of when we live courageously and commit fully to doing the work before us.
God places us in situations in life with work to do. We are the ones who choose whether to do that work or not. In the Bible, David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” Though the work before may be daunting, we are capable of so much more than we think we are when our faith fuels our courage. Today, if you have work before you that you feel God put on your heart, do it with faithful courage and God will be with you.
“David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” — 1 Chronicles 28:20