Has there ever been a time when you felt threatened? Or when you had to say or do something out of obligation or choice, that was not going to be liked by the people around you?
Chances are that you have had some kind of experience like this and what I want you to do is remember that time, and consider how you acted. Did you change your mind and not say or do what you originally intended because of the consequences, or did you dig your feet in and stay the course?
Consider this short story from the Book of Jeremiah,
Jer 26:12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
Jer 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
Jer 26:14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.
Jer 26:15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
— Jeremiah 26: 12-15
Imagine that! Imagine yourself doing what you must do because God told you that you must do it, you must speak these words to the most powerful people in the land; knowing beforehand that your life could be at stake. Knowing full well that the people you are speaking to will not like anything you are about to say. It is a rough deal. As we can see from Jeremiah, however, if you want to make an impact in your life, you must have a big set of balls – aka GUTS.
To achieve anything we want in life, and to complete the tasks that are for the best outcome for ourselves and families, and God’s work which you have been compelled to do – you need guts! Your child will not like being disciplined, however, a parent must do it for the good of the child. It is hard to step out and pray for somebody, often harder for family members, but it might be this small act that brings people to God, closer to God, or they feel the healing power of God. A person might need to leave their job despite making good money, because it is the right thing to do. Imagine the sacrifice of starting your own business and how it affects your family life and financial health.
These are but a minuscule example of decisions that are made that are hard to take action on. If you don’t have guts, you won’t do anything, let alone complete any journey worth taking.
Bottom line – Grow a pair!