Say the word “courageous” to any number of people and you’ll probably prompt thoughts of soldiers heading into battle, firefighters, or police – all of them putting their lives on the line daily to keep us out of harm’s way. Personally, I think of my two sons who served in the Navy. I close my eyes and envision a parade, bands playing, and flags waving. Then, in solitude, I think of others I consider courageous:
- The teen who says “no” to the ways of the world and practices abstinence
- The young woman who chooses life
- The mother whose husband walks out on her and the children, leaving her with no income and mountains of responsibilities
- The widow who struggles to get on with her life when her husband, her best friend, is gone
- The woman who learns she has cancer
- The woman who cares for a family member with a debilitating illness
- The woman who is “sandwiched” between taking care of her family and her parents
- The woman who willingly shares her testimony of what Jesus Christ has done in her life, unafraid of what others may say or think
- The woman of any age who realizes she needs help and is unafraid to ask for it
Do these women think they are courageous? Probably not. But every day they put one foot in front of the other and overcome unspeakable sorrow. Becoming courageous takes practice. Practice recalling past experiences where God’s faithfulness carried you through, and practice observing the courage of others who share their testimonies of how God has worked in their lives. It takes practice to rely on God’s promises and not your feelings.
People everywhere believe themselves to be adequate to solve their own problems, refusing to admit that they need any help. It takes courage to be transparent about the needs in your life. But the courage we exhibit gives hope to others to “keep on keeping on.” 2 Corinthians 1:6 says, “Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer” (NLT).
Are you courageous enough to let others see and hear the hope you have in Christ?
About the Writer:
Debby Efurd has facilitated post-abortion recovery groups in the North Texas area for the past three years and is a certified trainer with Life Impact Network. She is co-founder of Initiative 180 and Peace After the Storm. As a speaker and author, Debby shares her story to women of all ages with compassion, humor, wisdom, and courage. Her life journey is one of victory in Christ and amazing recovery from a past abortion. On Debby’s blog, “The Second Mile,” she shares her perspectives on what really matters in life—a relationship with Jesus Christ. Wife, mother, and grandmother, she is a life advocate, active member of First Baptist Dallas, and involved participant of her community.