Messy Family Minute #48: Courage

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.

When you become a parent, you start to realize all the new and scary ways in which you could mess up. So that’s one reason we need the virtue of courage.

It takes courage not to be afraid of the future, to trust that God is with you through the ups and downs, and that He’s with you in this present moment.

Choosing to not avoid the hard parts of parenting — confronting your teen on a difficult issue, being vulnerable with your spouse, or holding the line with your children when the rest of the world is caving –all of this takes courage.

C.S. Lewis memorably said that “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point ” We need this kind of strength in our marriage and family life! The Lord says to us in Deuteronomy: “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is the One who is going with you. He will not desert you or abandon you.” Our Lord is with us so take courage!

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