Courage

by Claire Vorster on June 10, 2014

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” Maya Angelou

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We Do Not Belong

We do not belong to those given up,
Who hold their breath and hope,
Those who are trying it for size.
Who look in the mirror, think of a magazine cover,
And hate the wrong thing.

We do not belong to those who want more,
But rather those who reach for less,
Less naked ambition, less ignorance or us and them,
Less of the easy prize and, instead, more of the cost.

We do not belong to the quick reward,
The uneasy pay check, the half hearted OK,
Even less the complete sell out,
The Whatever It Takes.

Why?
Because things matter, He matters, we matter,
And if we give up and give in, what then?

Everything grey,
Neither one thing or another?
Light is never diminished,
Except when obstacles make shadows.

I don’t want to belong to the shadows,
Do you?

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.” Ephesians 2v19, NIV

He believes in you.

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Diane June 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Claire, the poem is deep and thought provoking. That is how blogging started for me – a way to come out from the shadows I had been living in. And thus, I found you! I hope all is well with you and your family! God bless you!

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Claire Vorster June 11, 2014 at 1:13 am

Thanks for stopping by my friends. It was a tough day yesterday, and you know what they say… when the going gets tough, the tough write poetry :) May there be beauty in your day today and may He strengthen and encourage you in all that you are doing. Cx

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theunis pienaar June 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I love this, Claire, we do not belong. We do not belong.

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Colleen June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Dear Claire,
Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement as I continue to look for work.
Sincerely,

Colleen

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Claire Vorster June 11, 2014 at 1:07 am

Hi Colleen, I’ve sent you an email. Thanks for stopping by xx

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Leisha Hiester June 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Claire! Perfect for my day. It takes such courage to be a step-parent. I found myself saying out loud, ” I love our children, I love our children,” at 2:30 a.m. this morning. We were awakened by the blasts of a movie. Courage, courage, courage for today. Love you and miss you, Leisha

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Caroline Sobota June 15, 2014 at 2:47 am

Greetings Claire,
Had the pleasure of seeing you at my baptism,chatting and praying with in the past 2 years on Long Island. Checked in the past but lacked the courage to post. Loved the tribute to Maya Angelou; she was an extraordinary poet , writer and speaker. Your poem on courage is beautiful. A motto I have liked is less is more and that is what I take from that poem..less of everything else and MORE of HIM and what matters the most in life.
~ Caroline

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Claire Vorster June 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Hi Caroline. Yes, and yes :) Thanks for getting in touch xC

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