KEY COMPONENTS FOR HEALING: COURAGE
Being courageous isn’t about being daring and facing death. It isn’t about not having fear. It is about living well and doing the things we need to do to make a difference in spite of our fears, shortcomings and insecurities. It means moving forward with faith even though you can barely see your way. It means trusting in God and trying to do what he wants us to do.
“Real courage is not the absence of fear,
but the willingness to proceed in spite of it.”
Be courageous enough to face the truth regarding what needs to change in our lives.
We have to have a real commitment to learning and accepting the truth about ourselves. This requires immense honesty, looking inward and being objective about what we see. One of the most humbling prayers you can ever pray is to ask God to show you what you need to change. That gift of sight is not something you pray for unless you really want to make those corrections, but if you do desire that, a prayer like that will open your eyes to things as they really are. All pretenses, justifications, and ulterior motives will dissolve. Seeing yourself as you really are is the beginning step to becoming the person you can be, and it is the beginning step to greater personal peace.
It takes courage to be congruent.
It takes courage to live a life of integrity or to make our actions consistent with our beliefs, to live a life where our public and private priorities are in sink, and where what we experience on the inside is consistent with what we show on the outside. A double minded man is unstable in all ways and exhausting. Living a congruent life brings a peaceful feeling. It is open, honest and real.
“How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him”- 1 Kings 18:21
Courage is needed in the difficult pressing moments when it is most hard to have faith, difficult to be obedient, and trying to be patience. Courage helps us be consistent in the the good and the bad times.
We have to develop the courage to live counter to the world’s dominant culture.
“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We are teaching the wrong things. You have to be strong enough to say, “If the culture doesn’t work then don’t buy it. Create your own.” – Tuesdays with Morrie
Being a voice for what is right is not popular in today’s culture, but it is needed now more than ever. Doing what is right for the the right reasons brings us personal peace especially in times of trial. We may not be perfect, but we feel acceptable before God. Courage to do the right allows us to approach Him in more powerful prayer. It gives us greater faith and stronger hope. It helps us draw upon the powers of heaven for strength and support.
For me, courage is that inner strength that I exert when I want to give up but I choose not it. It is pressing forward and doing what I know I should even if there isn’t an immediate reward, and even when no one sees. It is in the little choices I make everyday… even the choice to get out of bed, not to feel sorry for myself, and to find someone to reach out to who needs a friend. These quiet choices make all of the difference to the rate and power of healing that I experience.
Questions to Ponder:
1. How has you still act courageously despite your fears? (This is discussed more fully in part 4)