Posted by: Jo | August 11, 2017

Courage Or Timidity

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self discipline.”

(2 Timothy 1: 7)

Courage01Some friends and I were discussing what we were like as children and what different personalities our children had developed from us. I certainly was not a timid child, but I was also not the wild spokesperson for the class. None of my daughters are timid, but two of them are much more likely to tackle problems head on!

Later another one of my friends gave me a very interesting quote about this subject which made we think more deeply as to what timidity represents

“Every timidity eventually turns into regret” – Four Seasons in Rome, Anthony Doerr

The more I thought about this quote the more it not only applied to life, but also our spiritual walk. When Paul was writing to Timothy, a young protégé of his, he wanted to encourage him in his faith and sends this beautiful verse to him, ensuring him that timidity will not hamper him because he has the mighty power of God behind him

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1: 7)

I think we often underestimate what influence we can have in the kingdom of God. Then that small persistent, voice of timidity begins to intercede, agreeing with us, Courage02undermining our confidence in attempting to try at all;

  • You couldn’t help
  • you haven’t any training in that problem
  • you will never be able to accomplish that
  • you are sure to fail
  • who would listen to you
  • I wouldn’t try that if I were you

There is no sign of timidity when Joshua is given the task to lead the people across the Jordan he is bolstered by a wonderful word from God, ensuring him despite all the obstacles, he will be able to accomplish this because God is filling him with courage.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1: 9)

The secret to having courage is to have the Lord with us. His strength will always outweigh our feeble efforts, but we need to acknowledge his guidance by staying in close with him and obeying his commands.

The lord presents us with many opportunities, many open doors to experience a true fellowship with him, many avenues to use the gifts he has given us. If we allow timidity to stand in the way, regret will become the result. I think the saddest sentence one can utter is – “If only I had tried!

Courage03Sometimes we bravely begin a venture and things seem to be overcoming us, this is when we need to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is always ready to bolster our flagging spirits and listen for that powerful voice as it thunders over what is swirling around us,

“But Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”” (Matthew 14: 27)




  1. Your blog this week reminded me of our school motto – “with strength and sweetness”. You encourage us to have the strength of our convictions, Jo.


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