Bravery is honorable, but not a given. And when it’s not something we practice daily, it becomes simply a nice platitude. To be home of the brave requires us to consistently do brave things.
Bravery relates to our ideas of courage – a willingness to face danger and difficulty for a greater good.
It’s not merely being foolish in the face of danger. Nor is it cowardly holding back when it’s within our power to act.
Bravery sees the good to be accomplished and is willing to face the necessary cost.
Sometimes this calls for us to disrupt the status quo. When business as usual no longer upholds our divine dignity, it takes brave individuals to stand up and say no more!
At other times, bravery calls for us to hold on to deep truths even when it’s no longer popular to do so. When everyone is looking for the new and shiny, it takes brave individuals to stand in the wisdom of the old paths.
Likewise, bravery is needed in facing the risks of growth, accepting the challenges of freedom, and to simply keep showing up and engaging in the messiness of life.
In the end, true bravery grounded in wisdom does what is necessary in order to bring God’s best throughout our life and relationships.
This is not walking around on eggshells desperately trying to keep people happy. Nor is it simply growing indifferent to others and doing whatever we want.
It’s listening, discerning, and choosing to offer our strength time and again for the good of the world around us.
Many want the image of bravery, but few are willing to do what it takes.
Let bravery be more than just a nice motto. Let it be a way of life to truly become the home of the brave.
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