Judges 7:3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
Most of us have fearful people around us. They do not appear to be cowards, after all they are occupying the same space you are. They look like you and talk a good game. However, it is not until you announce that it is time to take action or determine to do something differently than before that you find out who is who in your circle.
When you begin to talk about making a move or going to the next level you will have many that seem to be excited and onboard, but when true commitment is required you will find out the truth of who you have around you.
There are many who “have your back” until “having your back” begins to cost them something. People are fearful when it comes to spending. Whether it be their time, talent or treasure, they are extremely guarded and do not enjoy taking risk especially on someone else’s behalf.
This is why when building a team it is important to know who you have around you early. People may be attracted to your gift and recognize it as something great, but greatness often comes along with great sacrifices. Great changes often come through great opposition in great battles. And you cannot go into battle with cowards.
A coward is described as “a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.” Now while most of us are not planning to do something unsafe or hazardous, changing a life, transforming a culture and making shifts to a paradigm takes courageousness and passion. There will be much hostility and some aggression because plain and simply people do not like change. You will be up against folks that you had no idea would combat or contest you. People will lie on you and walk away like they never knew and believed in you. They will join with their enemy just to battle you. So you must take inventory early by calling the cowards out!
How do you call cowards out? By giving them an out. Invite them to leave. An invitation to leave seems small, but it will reveal the true warriors in your life. An invitation to leave will reveal your “ride or dies”. Ask Naomi. She invited both of her daughter-in-laws to leave and after a little fuss Orpah walked away. While Ruth spoke the famous line in Ruth 1:16-17 New International Version (NIV) 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
In the case of Naomi 50% of those she had around her were cowards. In Gideon’s story 22,000.
Before you start on the path of your destiny the best thing you can do for yourself and your future is to find out who in your camp is fearful and who is fearless. It can make the difference in your destiny.