“Courageous or unyielding – having or showing courage and resolution”
All my manly instincts kick at the word “stout-hearted” that I was taken back with this painting of Mary at the feet of Jesus and the artist arrested me immediately with the image of a very courageous woman who was determined to do what she came to do regardless of the whispers.
I am sure that in her lifetime she heard many whispers about her actions, but this one was a good one and nothing was going to stop her from being a follower of Jesus Christ and demonstrating that great love.
There are times I think that to be known as wise is a great attribute of a leader. I strive for that, I pray for wisdom every day.
Followers can trust a man of wisdom but would die for a man who is courageous and determined to be the man God wants him to be.
Men are challenged, deep down inside, when they meet with such a woman who has determined to follow Jesus. It energizes them to do amazing things.
May we pray for the men and women in our lives – introduce a new word into our prayer life today – Lord, make us stout-hearted in following you today!