Where does real courage come from? It’s not the assurance of the absence of trouble. Neither is it the absence of strife, fear, or pain. Everyday living provides plenty of opportunity for these. Threats like getting cancer, losing a job, or disappointing parents loom over us. For many of us, beneath the fearless front we project lie paralyzing fears. We have learned to look tough, but life has a way of revealing our secrets. The story of David and Goliath (I Samuel 17) is far more than a morally uplifting story to boost the self-esteem of the underdog--it is a vivid picture of how a life of faith translates into an everyday courage. This is the kind of courage that can battle back against the fears that threaten to unravel us.