Only because God is being trusted and He promises to never leave us, can we expect to be full of courage. We do not want to raise physically strong, proud bullies—we desire to raise courageous warriors that battle the enemy and further God’s truth.
It is a David, a Daniel, a Shadrach that we want to raise! Their courage came from being humble in themselves and confident in God. David said to Goliath, “You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (I Samuel 17:45) Daniel said, “…My God sent His angel, and shut the mouths of the lions.” (Daniel 6:21) Shadrach said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3: 17-18)
That is the courage we want to produce in our sons! (yes, our daughters too) Ways to accomplish instilling courage:
Guide their play to be full of the above quotes.
Encourage their battles to have purpose by asking, “What are you protecting?”
Remind them by Whose strength the battle is won.
Memorize Joshua 1: 9, “Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”