Last week Loretta and I decided to do a "Chronicles of Narnia Marathon." Anyone seen all three films? Considered a classic in children's literature, the teaching principles throughout these C.S. Lewis stories are innumerable. And to think there are seven Narnia books, and rumors are swirling of a fourth movie. If you haven't seen or read them, the main character is a lion named Aslan; an alternate version of Jesus in these fantasy tales. Wiping away tears at the end of each film, Loretta and I both agreed that if we could hug Aslan, we'd do so and never let go. We'd follow him everywhere, never letting him out of our sight. If the most gentle and powerful being of all time were our closest friend and at our side day and night, we'd have courage to talk about God with anyone, anywhere, anytime. We'd forgive sooner and help more. And don't get us started on how much less we'd worry. (You know where I'm going with this, so I won't even say it.)
This week is another big week for PrayFit. I'll walk into some crowded boardrooms with my little box of dreams. And it's funny - as silly as it sounds and with a grin on my face as I type - I know I won't be alone. The network executives on the other side of the table won't be able to see Him at my side as they evaluate me and PrayFit, but they'll know He's there; by my words, my spirit, my heart and by this week's theme of devotions, my courage.
Over the next few days, we'll talk courage when it comes to our health and well-being. Fact is, whether we're super healthy, severely ill and anywhere in-between, we need godly courage to meet each day's needs. And all those needs can only be met by the Lion in us. Jimmy and Loretta Peña
Prayer Requests of Courage: Anyone facing something this week that you'd like us to help you pray about? Job interview? Doctor's appointment? Presentation? Sale pending? Trying to share Christ with a co-worker? Are you losing a battle with pride? It takes courage to face it all. List your need here or simply say "Unspoken" and this little band of your brothers and sisters promises to pray for you.
PrayFit Perspective: As much as we strive for greater health, it's our time in God's word and in prayer that has everlasting results. Grace doesn't atrophy. Later this week we'll be looking at the kind of courage it takes for the believer in the fitness community to seek godliness over what the world demands. Stay tuned.