Since January 30 is Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday, this seems like the perfect time to share my FDR Coloring Page. It features one of my favorite quotes from our 32nd president: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
My family is in New Orleans this weekend, and we spent all day touring the National World War II Museum. There we saw the meaning of this quote on full display. Room after room, exhibit after exhibit, film after film, we witnessed example after example of that kind of courage.
We were moved to tears multiple times as we listened to the oral histories and first-hand accounts. We heard from soldiers who fought for a cause that was more important than the fear the felt as they marched, flew, and sailed into battle.
And we came away with the most profound gratitude for their brave and sacrificial service and for the freedoms we still enjoy as a result of their victory.
We also read accounts of the sacrifices made at home in support of the war effort. From doctors and nurses who tended the wounded. From factory workers who labored tirelessly on the arsenal. From journalists who documented the war, reporting from the front lines where they rushed into battle with cameras instead of weapons in their hands. All were “of the same mind, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
Both the history of the war and this vast collection of artifacts representing it really were incredible. If you ever get the chance to tour this musuem, please do. It is well worth the trip.
Bible Verses about Bravery
Courageous service in the face of fear. Suffering or dying for an important cause, These are not new ideas. The Bible repeatedly underscore such themes.
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
- “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long: we were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37)
- “… the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:23-24)
- “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
More Great Quotes from FDR
“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
A good one to remember as we watch the news or scroll through social media! The Bible tells us Satan is “the father of lies.” (John 8:44) He’s been telling the same anti-truths for millennia now. But Jesus says if we continue in His word, we are truly His disciples: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
“Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”
I’m hoping Americans will remember this one as they head to the polls for mid-term elections this year! That would certainly be preferable to repeatedly making the same ill-informed decisions over and over again, the way a dog returns to its vomit. (Proverbs 26:11)
“Calm seas never made a good sailor.”
A good perspective as we’ve all weathered some stormy seas over the past couple of years — and the waves may get even rougher before the storm completely subsides. Yet the Bible tells us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3)
More American Heritage Printables
Want more fun printables for folks who love America and long for it to be great again? You can browse through all of our past patriotic posts by following this link: American Heritage Printables. And for more great quotes from our past commanders-in-chief, check out this President’s Day post.
Or maybe you’d prefer a bound volume. If so, check out my devotional journals. The one in the center of the lineup below, God Bless America, was made just for patriotic citizens like you.
Packed with inspiring thoughts from our founding fathers and other great Americans, this journal will inspire you to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen of this great country. What is our responsibility to the rest of the world? How do we ensure the guiding principles on which our nation was established are never forgotten? Consider how you feel about these matters and use the space provided to write down your thoughts.
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