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What makes you brave?  How do you get the boldness to take chances?

My sister-in-law, she of the sweet golden voice, introduced this song Sunday morning.  I can’t shake it.  I do apologize for the leather pants.

The definition of brave is: (adjective) to face or endure danger or pain, showing courage; (noun) people who are ready to face and endure danger or pain; (verb) endure or face unpleasant conditions or behavior without showing fear.

I can think of very few words that can be adjective, noun and verb.  Therefore, you can be brave, be a brave (soldier/Native American) or brave bad situations. Kinda cool.

I used to think this word only applied to armed forces, headed to combat.  I might have considered it for those who were about to go under the knife.  But now I think it applies to most of us on a daily basis.  It takes bravery to keep working at a job where you experience routine belittling.  It takes patience and fortitude to “pay your dues” at a menial job, keeping your eyes open for something better to come along. It takes guts to stay in a marriage when things get rough. It takes a certain amount of courage to face each morning.  You never know what awaits you – a series of mundane choices or a host of risky circumstances? You have to keep believing, hoping, knowing things will be better by and by.  You count the cost now in order to gain something greater later.

I found this Bible verse that talks about being brave:  Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

David wrote that psalm.  His enemies surrounded him, breathing out threats.  David sought God’s face.  He cried out for the Almighty’s protection. David found a secret place to be alone and call on God. Could it be there’s an element of waiting in bravery? Maybe being brave isn’t just about action and death-defying feats. Timing plays a part, too.  Waiting allows you to gather strength and insight, to hear clear direction.  Waiting is meekness:  harnessed power.  Bravery involves trust.  You depend on others to look out for you as you step out in faith.

Let’s say you want to try something new. When you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, what gets you there? For me, it’s knowing God’s holding onto me all the time.  The risk could reap great rewards. True, I might fail.  Yet all I have to do is try.

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