Faith Blum


According to, “courage” is defined thus:

the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”

Roy Costner IV’s actions at his graduation proved that he has courage. As the Valedictorian for Liberty High School, he was allowed to make a short speech. He wrote his speech, submitted it to the school officials for approval and got it approved.

Then God told him to be courageous. He prayed, talked to his father, and his pastor. His principal had told him that talking about religion was not allowed during his speech. As a courageous Christian, Roy knew what needed to be done.

At the graduation, he approached the podium, ripped up his speech and gave the usual shout-outs to classmates, teachers, coaches, etc. Then he started to recite The Lord’s Prayer.

This simple recitation took courage. Roy had been forbidden to talk about religion, but he did it anyway. Roy refused to be ashamed of his Lord and Savior.

This is a good lesson for all of us. Is there something you have chosen not to say simply because it might offend someone? Your words and mine, should be said with care and with love, but also with courage. Do you not share the gospel because you are afraid of what people will think of you? Because someone might be offended by God’s truth or reject you? Trust in God. He will give you the courage to stand up for what is right.

(Details of Roy’s story came from this site:

0 thoughts on “Courage”

  1. It is great that Faith brought this to the attention of others It is crucial that Christians take a stand for their constitutional rights as Roy did.

  2. The word ‘courage’ keeps coming up again and again recently. Faith, thank you for posting about this. It is a good reminder of Joshua 1:9

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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