It’s easy to see courageous people. Most of us automatically think courageous people are firefighters, who run into burning buildings. We think of police officers, who come whenever we are in danger. Some may even think of doctors, who deal with trauma and life-and-death decisions, as courageous people. No doubt, these are courageous people, but there are so many other people that we sometimes overlook.
Courage doesn’t have to be some monumental feat. Courage is also the grit, determination, stamina, and compassion of our everyday actions. Courage is seen every day in you. You, the father and son, who works hard everyday to support his family and his ailing parents
You, the mother, who battles cancer to stay with her family. You, the mother, who works two jobs to help her son get through college. You, the sister, who stays up all night comforting your sick sister. These people are just in my family!
“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).
There are so many other courageous people. Women and men who raise their children alone, who leave abusive marriages, or who take in children when they have no one. Parents who hold their child’s hand as they fight for their lives, and sometime lose. Men and women who chose counseling to save their relationships and their families. Spouses who are left to raise children after their beloved has died. These brave men and women show their courage in tremendous ways.
Yet there are even more who show courage. The wife and mother who fights depression. The husband and father who battles addiction. The daughter or son who fights against peer pressure. The parent who goes back to school after forty years to get their GED. The student who works full time so they can go college part time. It takes courage to begin a new phase in life —new parents, college-bound children, empty nesters, mid-lifers, and retirees.
Our entire lives are made up of courageous moments, little ones and monumental ones too. Take heart. You are courageous!
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