Dictionary definitions of courage:
- The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.
- Strength in the face of pain or grief.
- The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
- Have the courage of one’s convictions, to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.
- Obsolete – the heart as the source of emotion.
My definitions of courage:
- To find an inner strength to do something when I am faced with fear.
- Moral courage is to speak up for what I believe is loving and truthful, even though I may fear judgement from others.
- Physical courage is helping another that may be in danger and it may also put yourself in danger.
I have recently listened to an inspiring short talk on courage and whilst it was good, there was a statement made in the talk that—courage is what changes the world—which caused me to ponder about courage and to feel more deeply about what courage actually is. From my own experiences so far, it is Love that is changing me and I believe that Love—God’s Love is what will change the world.
The more I learn about Love, the more I see how much myself and the world have walked away from God’s Love and the pure state of natural love in which God had originally created us. Every time I hear or read about someone’s story it is mostly built around fear (including my own) we live in fear in our daily lives—every unloving emotion usually comes from a place of fear (due to unloving events that have taken place in our lives).
We use courage when we are fearful of something; the popular saying—“feel the fear and do it anyway”—if we were not fearful we would not need courage in order to act or follow our hearts desires. We would not need to seek the approval of others to embrace the life our soul longs for, to speak up when love and truth is required, to assist others is something we would all naturally do if we did not come from a place of fear, but a place of love. Since God’s Love removes all fear then we would not need courage in order to live our lives each day; Love would guide our actions in every moment.
So while I still have many fears to work through, when I am willing to face my fears I use courage—or perhaps it is simply just a strong will to grow and knowing if I don’t face my fears I will live in them and I will not progress in love. My own questioning about courage has inspired me to ask God to teach me about facing my fears with love and to feel why I need courage in the first place. I have a feeling as I write that it has to do with trust; not trusting in God’s perfect design.
Imagine living life with no fear – Imagine the world living with no fear –
Imagine the world living and acting in love.
I imagine this is what heaven is like.