Courage is the great need of our time.
Courage requires consequence.
If there is no cost, no risk or consequence, then courage is easy – and empty. In fact, as consequence rises, so does the amount of courage needed to take a stand.
The word courage is defined as “mental or moral strength to … persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
I believe it is in our very nature to admire those who stand against the odds and withstand danger – many great leaders come readily to mind. One who is currently rising on the world stage received a standing applause in the House of Commons this week.
However, simply stated, courage is meaningless without consequence.
“Courage is the form of every virtue at the testing point. Pilate was merciful until it became risky.” CS Lewis.
Courage to accept the inescapable truth that greatness can never be achieved without adversity, a struggle that is prerequisite for growth.
Edmund Burke shared this.. “Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as He loves us better, too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.”
A measure of our success in life will be determined by our response to adversity and the courage that you have as you wrestle with the problems, that will strengthen your nerves and sharpen your skill, just as Burke said.
Indeed, courage is the power to let go of the familiar and face up to the unknown.
We are faced every day with situations that require courage and strength.
What courageous actions will you take today?