Dare Something in Christ!

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

Many people imagine God is glorified by surrounding Himself with human doormats and dartboards.  According to this vision of God, our function in life is to sigh and “Let God do it” in the sense of our passively sitting around, waiting for God to act.  If we take the initiative, or do anything creative, or passionate, or glorious, we are, according to this notion of God, acting arrogantly and robbing God of His glory.  But God Himself, in His word, tells us to be strong and of good courage.  Indeed, we are told to do all things to the glory of God.  As Cardinal Newman said, the glory of the Christian life is that we have the grace to dare something.  Today, receive the gift of divine moxie to take hold of life and offer it to Christ in a new and daring way.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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