Greetings at home
The Courage Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Courage Prayer with the Declaration.
Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.
Group members may also use it as a greeting whenever they see each other. It reminds them of the group, and that is an empowering thought.
Caution: Know your group. Don't use this method if the group considers this kind of leader-response to be childish or odd.
When used as a daily greeting among family members, the Courage Declaration and/or the Courage Prayer unify them and toughen them in a good way. A lot of everyday hassles in a family fade into the background when family members realize they are all at risk together as they follow Christ.
The Declaration turns attention to Jesus carrying his cross and telling us to carry ours. It may be used at the breakfast table or at the end of a family devotional time.
A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Or say the first half and let the child say the second half. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," or "Be good."
You can also fall back on it in "panic button" situations in the family (see column 3).
Greet/chant as a team
Whenever you feel that a situation is getting risky or threatening because of Christ, think of the Courage Declaration. Let it be your internal emergency response. It stabilizes you so you can face whatever is coming and stay SYNCed with Christ.
You can also use the Declaration to help others. If you notice they are facing criticism, insult, or attack because of Christ, identify with them. The Declaration says "WE" have courage, not "I" have courage. Don't let the person feel left alone during a tough time. Have the courage to come alongside and share the danger or the pain.
If the person is someone you know well, perhaps a family member who is using the Declaration daily with you, you might just quote the first half, "This is a day of risk," and giving them an opportunity to finish it.
The Declaration is a spur of the moment reminder that we should not be surprised or panicked by any opposition we face for Christ, even if it is totally unfair and it popped up out of nowhere. Jesus saw it coming, and he equipped us to deal with it. This is normal. We don't have to freak out.
One of the easiest SYNC exercises is to build the Courage Declaration and/or the Courage Prayer into certain points in your day to keep them on the tip of your tongue. Then you have them where you need them when you feel threatened.
Plenty of things will tend to knock you out of SYNC with Christ each day. Using the Declaration and Prayer to re-SYNC us with the example of Christ carrying his cross. He courageously faced a cruel, unfair death because he was so committed to his mission. How could we abandon our mission because of danger that is tiny by comparison? His Spirit enables us to endure.
If we focus on the danger, our courage may crack. But if we focus on Christ carrying the cross, we tap a never-ending stream of courage.