My friend gave me this bracelet right before she left for the mission field and I wear it every day next to a bracelet that I bought in Baoji.
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of
every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of
highest reality. ”Reread that and think about it:
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ”*So courage is walking out any given virtue when it is most difficult to do so. So what virtues are we talking about? Okay all of them, but let's name a few and provide some examples:
Acceptance- Courage to accept a certain set of circumstances or a certain person as God's best.
Cheerfulness/Joyfulness- Courage to see the beauty in our day and find joy in it.
Confidence- Courage to walk boldly in the path that God has set before us.
Devotion- Courage to stay faithful to our commitments.
Endurance- Courage to continue in the race before us when we want to be done.
Excellence- Courage to do our best when our motivation may not be there.
Gentleness- Courage to not respond out of emotion but to be gentle in the way we approach others.
Hope- Courage to trust in God's promise and look to the future when all around you may seem lost.
Peacefulness- Courage to pursue peace in your day and your circumstances
Thankfulness- Courage to set your eyes on your blessings, to have perspective, and to give thanks.
Oh my goodness these are just a few out of probably a 100.
What do you need courage for today?
It doesn't have to be something enormous by the world's standards. Maybe it is just enormous to you and you have reached the "highest reality" of a specific virtue. I can tell you that what I consistently need courage for is letting God have the big things like the adoption so I can honor Him in the everyday. I guess I would be at the "highest reality" of trust.
May we all embrace the realities of our day with the virtue of courage.