Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
March 10, 2011

Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage.
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage.
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage.
What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage.
What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage.
What makes the Hottentot so hot?
What puts the “ape” in ape-ricot?
Whatta they got that I ain’t got? Courage! Listen to The Cowardly Lion

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. -Acts 4:13

Fear and faith are both contagious. That is something I learned from a lifetime of athletics. It is the reason that people go to a football game, flock to a NASCAR event, or watch the ‘daring young man on the flying trapeze.”

The internal battle for the heart, that something-special that makes a muskrat guard his musk, that is what draws men to the battle. We all recognize courage when we see it. Women are drawn to men who have it and men flock to those who exhibit it.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of sports. The two-minute drill in football, the last-second shot in basketball, and the last-lap victory at Daytona are the moments where heroes are made.

It once was the American way; A living out of the Scripture “greater love has no man than this than he would lay down his life for his friends.” It was not the actual dying that is so captivating, but rather, the willingness to die, that exhorts men to higher achievement.

The cowardly lion innately understood it…”what makes a King out of a slave”…nothing touches the heart of man as much as a sold-out act of courage.

Jesus was the ultimate hero. He HAD to be the Son of God. What is the old line about Him…”He was a liar, a lunatic, or Lord”…has there ever lived a greater example of courage than the man from Galilee?

I’ll never forget the afternoon of 9-11 as I sat like so many others, transfixed by the events of the day, in front of my TV as history unfolded. Nothing impacted me more that day than the act of bravery displayed by the firefighters. Against all human instincts they willingly ran into a building that everyone else was running out of. It was the Christian-ethic playing out before us…greater love has no man than this…the faith of our fathers…the Christian ethic that built this nation. But that character-trait is rapidly disappearing in this nation.

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