“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. John 15:11-14 (The Message)
Courage (def.): Feeling fear yet choosing to act…
(Dungate & Armstrong- “Six Types of Courage”)
I have always been drawn to the virtue of courage, probably because I wish I had more of it. Courage, of course, is not the absence of fear, but rather it is feeling fear, yet choosing to act.
Bravery, in my opinion, is an act of courage, often a singular event, which is beyond how most people might respond in the same situation. Courage is an on-going decision to act rightly despite current fears. There are many professions which require exercises of courage every day. My two kids- a trauma surgeon and a police officer- face life and death situations all the time. They face fear regularly, and they act to serve their constituents every day- community members who rely on them to do their duty to heal and protect despite any fears they may feel.
Typical of the professionals that they are, they may not see that they exhibit courage every single day. Indeed, they say that they are “just doing our job”. Yes, they are. Indeed, other people in their similar roles are wont to say the same thing also. “Just doing our job” they say.
Yet those of us looking in from the outside see the courage it takes to do those jobs. Courage, exercised regularly, becomes somewhat of a lifestyle folded into daily routine so seamlessly that it is hardly noticed by the individual doing it. It becomes “what we do”.
I am grateful for how my kids courageously serve others, and I am so very proud of them!
Prayer: Lord, protect those who serve us so courageously and selflessly, Amen.