I recall the first Bible verse I ever memorized and meditated on as true and entirely applicable to my situation. In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses encourages Joshua as a new leader who will enter unknown territory.
His words? “Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will not fail or forsake you.”
Be strong! Be courageous! And why? Because we aren’t alone. God never fails or turns away from us.
Imagine the places we might go, the people we might engage, and the new things we might try if only we had the strength and courage. Today I remember these words to Joshua, and I press on with courage.