The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel, late French fashion designer)

Speaking your own mind can be scary. The pressure of strong influence from the media or out-spoken friends might intimidate us so that we are fearful to say what we believe. Whether it’s politics, sports, or religion, to say what we really think often takes a good bit of courage. In an open and free society, we must develop a backbone to stand up for what we believe.

Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. (Jeremiah 1:17).