I asked a group of 3-5th graders what it means to be courageous and got a variety of answers, most of which were appropriate. It was often described as being brave or doing something difficult despite being afraid. I shared examples of people who were courageous and received the Medal of Honor for their actions in the military. Another was a young man with a red bandana who led people to safety during the attacks on 9-11. We also discussed several people throughout the bible, including Noah, Moses, David, Ester, Jesus, and others who demonstrated courageous acts, often on several occasions. I also asked who else in their lives was an example of courage, and some even mentioned their parents. People in their community including firefighters, police, and other first responders may put themselves in harms way to help others. Honestly we are all capable of being courageous in any given situation, but most of these don’t make the news. What is the most courageous thing you can remember in your life?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
We often cite heroic examples of courage that make for a great story, but what about the little acts of courage that occur on a daily basis that make a difference in the lives of others. It often takes courage to do the right thing in relationships, or to stand up for someone who is being bullied or abused. One student said telling others about Jesus takes courage, which is often true for adults as well as children. We may not always have the opportunity to save someone from a burning building, but we can play a part in helping save their souls from hell. Its often the little things we do each day to help make a difference in the lives of others that add up to a courageous life. May God bless you with that courage each and every day.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
Yours in Christ,