n. The ability to do something that frightens one.
Strength in the face of pain or grief.
Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”
But I must admit that I often choose to just stay afraid. I wasn't always that way. When I was 6 or 7 I bungee jumped by myself. It never even occurred to me to be afraid. Somewhere along my way I started playing life really safe, though. Now, I'm anything but brave.
So, to decide to muster the courage to take on a new challenge is NOT easy for me.
This morning, in my fear, I texted Tyler about my concerns. His response?
“We can do all the scary things together, hand in hand like we always have and will. We can do anything the Lord asks us to do. Just remember 1 Nephi 17:3. I love you my more than anything in the world, we can do anything together!”
1 Nephi 17:3 is currently our go-to scripture, “God doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them.”
Nephi is a prophet of the Book of Mormon. While traveling in the wilderness, the Lord commands Nephi to build a ship. Nephi has no tools, no supplies and no knowledge of how to even build a ship. But none of that bothers him. His faith in the Lord is so incredibly strong. His response is simply to ask the Lord where he can go to find the materials he needs to make tools. He never even doubts. He just gets to work.
Someday, hopefully, I'll have that kind of faith and courage. The kind where I just go and do as the Lord commands me. Rather than, first, ignoring his counsel in hopes He'll forget (dumb, I know) or asking why He wants me to do it, or whining about it. Man, I'm a big whiner! And I bet if God weren't perfect He'd be real sick of me.
I feel like every day I speak the words of C.S. Lewis to myself, “Courage, dear heart.” I pray for my faith to be strengthened so I can do what frightens me, so I can do that which God has commanded me.
You can, too, friend. Whatever you are facing. Whatever it is that scares you. Whatever you are up against. You can take on the challenges that come. You can be strengthened in the face of grief and pain. You can. Courage, dear heart.