The meaning of courage

There are times when you have to do something that you may feel uncomfortable doing. But you have to find some way to do it because the consequences of not doing it are much too significant. Think about our soldiers who have fought in a war or a battle. A patient is going through chemotherapy, or a firefighter was going into a burning building to save a life. 

There is a difference between courage and bravery, even though we use them simultaneously when we talk or write. Bravery is when you confront a situation that may be dangerous or painful without fear.  Courage is when you confront a situation knowing it could be dangerous or painful despite being afraid or fearful. With courage, you override your feelings of fear and keep going.

Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, was a civil rights leader, won the Nobel Peace Prize and became South Africa’s first Black President. He once said this about courage “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” 

There are different types of courage. There is physical courage. Physical courage is when you have to face fighting in a war, face surgery, or fighting off a burglar. Physical courage is to fight when you find out you have a terrible illness. A first responder diving down to save people in a trapped car sinking underwater are all examples of physical courage. 

When you stand up for something, you strongly believe in that is Ethical courage. Ethical courage includes having the courage to talk about your religion or maybe moral reasons to speak up about saving our planet from global warming. We also can experience courage when we talk in front of people.

You have to have the courage to lead; this is called authoritative courage. A person that has authoritative courage will express ideas and theories. Usually, when you experience authoritative courage, you are not afraid of failure and anticipate positive results from sharing your thoughts. College professors and teachers experience authoritative courage all the time as do news reporters and yes, even bloggers!  

Another type of courage is psychological courage. You have to have courage when you go through something psychologically draining, like bullying. Overcoming depression and hopelessness from something that once happened that was hard to get overtakes psychological courage. Breaking or overcoming an addiction is also psychological courage.

Joshua 1:9 says, “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.”

A good question to ask is, how do you get courage? Keep in mind the opposite of courage is fear. God commands us not to fear. Fear is mentioned 365 times in the Bible! That is how many days there are in a year. Sometimes you have to face your fear of encountering courage. You have to have a supernatural internal force inside you to help you with any type of courage.

With God’s help, you receive that internal energy to have the courage you are asking for or need. Sometimes your courage can overcome fear in a split second without conscious thought because it is God’s command in action. Knowing how God feels about fear, who do you think is the most courageous to walk the Earth?… God’s Son, Jesus. 

Eleanor Roosevelt, who did many courageous acts, had this to say…”Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

 I would love to hear from you! Share your story of courage with other women by writing into Strong Girls Pray. Your story may encourage others to be courageous in their journey through life. Strong Girls that Pray Together Stay Together! XOXO

Tamara David, Founder

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”~ Winston Churchill

Tamara, Founder of Strong Girls Pray
Tamara David, Founder of Strong Girls Pray

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