“Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
Have the courage to act instead of react.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Knowing what is right and being courageous to act on situations because of that knowledge is moral courage. Sometimes it might be easier to stand in the face of adversity with one other person who agrees with your stance; be that person someone else can lean on. I remember once speaking up against an issue I felt was wrong. Once I spoke up, several others spoke up to say they felt the same way but were uncomfortable saying anything. Together we changed the entire group policy. Courage won. Be the role model others need to find their own courageous voice.
“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Anne Rademacher
Standing up for what is right because it is right allows us to like who we see when we look in a mirror and to sleep soundly at night. Maggie Kuhn, a social activist reminds us to, “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”
Situational Courage: Layer experiences to define who you are.
Finding opportunities to stand down your fear may unlock forward thinking areas of your mind. If fear blocks you from letting go of the familiar for a run through the unfamiliar then give fear the boot and sprint. Explore. Dream. Test yourself.
Face new adventures, suffering, failure, strange and mysterious with the same passion you would a first love. Defining facets of who you are will be exhilarating and could open new doors you might not have previously considered.
“Man cannot discover new oceans
unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
…And neither can courage and self-discovery.
Pick Up Your Sword:
- Can you think of a time when you were afraid, and you chose to face your fear? _______________________________________________________
How did you feel?_____________________________________________
What did it teach you? _________________________________________
- Have you ever experienced a time when you were afraid, you let your fear get the best of you and either the worst did not happen, or you regretted not facing it? ______________________________________________________
How did it feel? ________________________________________________
What did it teach you? __________________________________________
- Scripture teaches us that fear is the end of faith. What can you do to build your faith up? __________________________________________
- Do you think of yourself as courageous or having courage? Why or why not? ______________________________________________________
- What is the next step you can take action on to build inner courage? __________________________________________________________
- What acts of courage inspire you to embrace courage in you?_______________________________________________________
- Do you agree that failure can teach you courage? Why or Why not?_______________________________________________________
- Do you agree that courage is being afraid but moving forward anyway? ___________________________________________________________
- What is your worst fear? ___________________________________________________________
- Are you ready to face this fear and act to solve it? ___________________________________________________________
- Name your fears. Categorize them as rational or irrational. Burn the irrational ones (seek counseling to tame them) and find solutions for the rational ones. Then build your faith by giving them away to Christ. Memorize scripture to quote when fear begins to wage war. Call them out and burst their power with promises that cannot be broken. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Memorize these scripture verses quoting them when fear challenges your faith.
- “When I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56:3
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
- But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1