Recently I have been reflecting on the many sides of bravery. What it looks like. How it feels. How you can taste fear in your mouth and what a powerful motivator it is to stop us from doing or saying things.
And finally, how bravery and fear are such opposing and yet complimentary forces – both leading us to wisdom if we let them.
Where do they come from and why do some people seem to have more than others?
The word courage comes from the Latin cor which means heart.
The courage of mothers in war torn countries.
The bravery of those who dare to use their voice against injustice.
Leaders who stand up for what is right.
Children who face up to bullies…
… the list of daily acts is surely limitless.
As are, no doubt, the lists of cowardice.
Beth Moore, in her excellent book, Audacious, argues that “you have to know in advance that danger is inherent in every authentic adventure….[but] love makes you brave.” It follows naturally then that mediocre love leads to mediocre life while “loving audaciously is the shoo-in for living audaciously”.
Audacious: marked by originality and verve
Verve: spirit, energy, vivacity, vitality
In this season of Lent we reflect on Love Incarnate. Audacious Love come down. Courageous Love made manifest. As we turn our hearts towards Him could it really be as simple- and as painful as allowing Him to pour His heart into ours?