- Mark 15:43 (NKJV) Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Courage does not always roar.
Courage is not confined to the realm of a battlefield or the Olympics, or some other great endeavor.
Matter of fact, the truth is, most of the countless manifestations of courage that happen around us every day goes unrecognized and unapplauded.
But that’s OK, courage is like that part of our brain that keeps our heart pumping—it is always working in the background giving us the fuel to be true to our character and our values.
For example, the soldier who gets awarded the “Purple Heart” didn’t get up one day and say, “I’m going to risk it all and put myself in the line of fire and hope I survive so that I can get awarded the Purple Heart medal.” No, what you’ll most often see from the brave soldiers that are awarded the Purple Heart medal is surprise; they’ll say something like this: “I was only doing my duty.”
Bottom line, courage does not always roar; most times courage just quietly goes about its duty with applause and accolades being the last thing expected.
What is courage? It would include the following:
- Courage is telling the truth because it is the right thing to do, even when at the moment it doesn’t appear to be in your best interest.
- Courage is a man or women staying true to their marriage vows when other options make themselves enticingly available.
- Courage is a young person staying in school and staying devoted to their studies even when there is no support at home or from peers.
- Courage is getting up each day—rain or shine to take care of the duties and responsibilities of life.
- Courage is going to church alone if need be.
- Courage is staying optimistic even when the evidence at the moment doesn’t seem to support your hope.
- Courage is being a real Christian in the United States of America in 21st century and doing it without a fuss or a chip on your shoulder.
Yes, courage is a wonderful thing but it seldom roars.
The ONE THING for today: Find one of those many “under the radar” courageous people who come across your path each day and give them an “atta-boy” and a pat on the back (as good as a “Purple Heart”) and watch the surprise and gratitude that follows. It will make their day, and yours.