Who comes to mind?
Missionaries? Sky divers? Tight rope walkers? Race car drivers?
I remember the day my grandfather passed away years ago. I had never actually been present when someone passed into eternity and I was terrified – but I wanted to be with him. I have a clear memory of sitting in my car, giving myself a pep talk to go in.
That was a day I had to be brave. And I’m so glad I was. It was a sacred time.
I want to teach my daughters to be brave because, in their lives, they’re going to have to do brave things. Maybe it’s giving an apology. Maybe it’s telling someone NO. Maybe it’s standing up for what’s right. Maybe it’s just a curve ball that life is throwing at them.
I’ve already seen them do brave things.
Am I brave?
I know their daddy is.
But, as their mom, do I have what it takes?
A while back, I came to a realization about bravery that will hopefully encourage you to jump into whatever you’re facing with both feet.
BRAVERY IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR. IT IS DOING THE RIGHT THING IN SPITE OF IT.
I can be afraid, and still be brave. In fact, bravery requires fear. If the situation isn’t frightening, we don’t need courage, right?
We can do the right thing. We can teach our children to be brave through our example. Fear doesn’t give us a pass to sit back when we should be doing something.
Teach it. Model it.
Is there something in your life that you’re avoiding because of fear? Something scary that you’re facing?
Let’s work on it together and remember – we are never alone.
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 (NIV)