Courage. So many definitions. So many ways to play it out. Immediately coming to mind is this post about warrior women. Or the two friends today whose loved ones have passed on this week–the courage to put one foot in front of the other as plans are made and things need to be done; the courage to accept a hug, help, and condolences. The courage to allow oneself to hurt.
We honor those who sacrifice for their country, their community, their family, or others–we call them courageous.
And as the quote says, “Sometimes courage is the small voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”
Life, all of it, requires courage. Standing up for what is right, though it may mean being on the “wrong” side of the popular thing or the thing that will get you a promotion or the thing that will earn you man’s praise. Pushing forward with that dream, though it requires so many extra hours beyond the normal job you have to keep in order to pay the bills. Trusting God in every.single.thing. that you might have peace despite circumstances providing anything but peace.
The bottom line is this: life requires courage. The fact that you are still breathing is a miracle. We each struggle. We each strive. And we each need the loving, gracious, merciful hand of the Almighty God, His Saving Son Jesus, and the constant Comforter Holy Spirit. In the life of faith, courage means admitting we can’t do it and need His holy hand.
Whatever your challenge, whatever you face, rely on His Word. Drain His strength, for He always has more. Draw from His deep well that the courage comes from Him and flows through us.