Guest Author: Penelope Fitzner
B r a v e .
What a seemingly simple, little word. If someone asked you if you were brave, would you say that you are? Do you know what that is? Do most of us really act out that verb or do we only spout it out when we want to pretend we will stand up and fight for something that’s at a distance?
Do we live out that which we say we believe?
It’s easy to claim you’ll die for something or someone…
but can you so easily live for it?
Bravery is not the lack of fear. It is doing what you are afraid to do, but know that you must and should do. It is moving forward in spite of fear.
You’ll never take courage if you’re not brave enough to live for what you say you’re willing to die for.
Life doesn’t always get easier. We have a choice to get stronger. We have the opportunity to be better. We can decide to be braver.
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.” | C.S. Lewis
I have questioned myself countless times: Why is it such a crime to do what is right? But the fact is, in today’s world, doing what’s right takes a lot more courage than doing what’s wrong. People are going to question you and they’re going to make you doubt yourself.
Sometimes, you may be the only one doing the right thing while everyone else does the opposite. Sometimes, you may stand alone.
I t ’ s n o t e a s y .
At one time or another, most of us have lacked the courage to do what’s right. The truth is, bravery is inherently unpopular, yet everyone wants to be brave. That’s because the idea of being brave is something that we all love. It’s strong, heroic, and needed. It stirs something powerful and great inside each of us. It makes us want to be more. It wakes the hero and warrior that has been put inside our uniquely crafted hearts.
But that hero was not meant to be hidden or stored away.
Courage needs to be seen.
That doesn’t mean actions done in secret aren’t brave or don’t make an impact in the world. But courage is an action meant to be shared. That is its heart. It should be visible. It needs to inspire. It should push others to be brave too. Whether we intend it or not, what we do in our own lives not only affects us, but others as well.
When one of us shares light, that light is passed on from one person to the next. The same is true for courage. When you take heart and when you take a stand, you strengthen others to take a stand too. By being a warrior, you ignite the hero they’ve buried and nearly forgotten.
Bravery was embodied by the Son of God who selflessly died on the cross for the very people who hated Him.
Let us then be brave in our Father who stands with us.
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. | Psalm 27:14