This new thought of courage has been bouncing around in my brain. What is it? What does it mean to be courageous? According to a simple Google search, to have courage is to have “strength in the face of pain or grief.” To be courageous is to be “not deterred by danger or pain; brave.”
Confession time: Previously when I would think of the word “courage,” I thought of large animals like lions or warriors dressed for battle. Both of these images show outward strength and potentially the absence of fear. Well, my view has been shattered and I’m realizing there are so many more courageous people in this world than to whom I previously gave credit.
Courageous warriors are all around us. They’re the invisible army, marching into battle with their sword and shield. They’re vulnerable, admitting fear but not letting it stop them in their tracks. They’re sharing their story, speaking out in truth and love. They’re the ones looking fear in the face and saying, “Not today.”
They’re the survivors, the fighters, the warriors.
They’re you and me.
And dear Courageous Warriors, you are so loved.