Posted by: Rebecca.
Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief. It’s doing something in spite of fear. Doing it afraid.
Courage and bravery seem to work together. Having someone tell you “Just be brave” or “Use your courage” isn’t enough. No one is fearless. Bravery and courage require feeling your fears, but taking steps to work through them.
I’m reminded of a story Bridgett told me, and was given her blessing to share it with you. When she was a senior in high school, she had the privilege of being chosen to be a part of the Presidential Classroom. Only the top two students in a senior high school class were eligible to take this week-long trip to Washington D.C. Exciting, right?
Yes and no. As many of you know, Bridgett has limited vision, which makes it difficult for her to see objects, read signs, etc. unless she is very close. Add vision issues to having never flown on an airplane, a lay-over at the huge Atlanta airport, not knowing anyone that would be with her in D.C., and no one to help her navigate the unfamiliar environment. Bridgett had all sorts of fears, which gave her legitimate reasons to say no to this opportunity.
Then, she heard four magic words…”You can’t do it!” People even, even some of those closest to her, told her there was no way she could manage this by herself.
Her response? “Watch me. Oh, and read Philippians 4:13.”
Yes, she had real fears, but she knew if she gave into them, she would miss out on an incredible opportunity, and would potentially limit herself the rest of her life. She was determined to go on the trip. She trusted God, stepped out in courage, and did it afraid. It was a great trip, and the experience gave Bridgett confidence to know that she did have the ability to handle scary, stressful experiences on her own.
Psalm 31:24 says, “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”
Have a little faith in yourself, and more importantly God, even when it seems He’s not listening or your situation isn’t changing. Think of past struggles you have been through. You’re not still going through it, right? Things won’t stay awful forever. Somehow, some way, your circumstance will change.
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Are you facing a situation that requires you to step out with courage? How can we pray for you?
About the author:
Rebecca Bergren is a writer with the ability to redefine clichés and travel through time with the mysterious, quirky cast of her novels. Life’s lessons have also inspired her to weave a message of hope and God’s restoration power into her heartwarming screenplays and humorous short pieces.
Rebecca is a member of ACFW, MyBookTherapy, Write Now Writers’ Group, and Writing Craft Girls critique circle. She lives in Minnesota with one fabulous man, three spunky kids, and a marshmallow-eating Labrador.