NOW THAT TOOK COURAGE!
“Courageous means, it was not easy for me to tell you that I took the cookie, but I took a deep breath…and made the words come out.” from Cookies, Bite Size Life Lessons
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
What’s your biggest fear? Flying in airplanes? Snakes? Dogs? Heights? Crowds? Darkness? Thunderstorms? Speaking in public? Loud noises? Dentists? Making mistakes? New situations? Going to Kindergarten? It’s true, we are all afraid of something! This month, at preschool, we will be talking about courage with our Little Angels. I feel that children are the bravest of the brave! Every day they are faced with new challenges as they grow up and try to fit into this big world. It takes courage when you take your first steps, hear a strange sound, miss your mom, learn to ride a bike, touch a worm, sleep without a night light, learn to swim, get a shot, trust a stranger…and on and on the list goes. When children experience these “child-sized” fears they gradually build strategies for coping with those fears and bigger fears to come. It’s a normal part of child development. How can we teach children to be courageous? Here are some suggestions.
- Set the example! Allow your children to see you stepping out of your comfort zone. Face your fears with them; let them see you believing in yourself!
- Give encouragement and challenges! We need to challenge children to try new things and even to do things that they might fear. It is essential that we build on their courageous attempts—no matter how small or unsuccessful those attempts are. Remind them that they can always “try again tomorrow”. Confidence is a big part of courage and confidence building in young children is our job as adults!
- Put your faith in God’s promises! It is our responsibility to teach children to rely on God’s precious promises. If God’s words are important to us they will be important to our children. God tells us to write His words on our hearts and to help write them on the little hearts of those we teach and love too! We teach children Scripture so that they can bring God’s Word to mind for their own benefit or for the benefit of a friend or neighbor in need…at the very moment of need.
One of my favorite promises is Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” That is a promise I hold on to when I need courage. I picture Jesus holding my right hand and helping me. And then I say to myself…”I believe I can do this because God is right here holding my hand and helping me!” Here’s one more quote and promise we can all depend on, go ahead and write it on your heart…”Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you,(put your name here), wherever you go.” God (Joshua 1:9)
I am sure thankful He’s holding my hand!