Being Brave vs. Being Good
If you asked normal people on the street what the main desire of a godly person is…what do you think they’d say?
I think most would say that they are trying to be good, holy, and morally perfect. Not bad goals…but I’m not sure that these are the goals that truly help us to walk in the ways of Jesus.
I’m increasingly convinced that courage is one of the most important virtues to cultivate to see actual transformation in your life. Without courage none of the other virtues that you seek are found…the first followers of Jesus show this so clearly.
It takes courage to:
- Be honest with yourself (when no one else is bothering you)
- Ask questions (when we are afraid to hear the answers)
- To love someone (when they are annoying)
- To confront injustice (when it’s easier to avoid)
- To withhold judgement (when you can clearly see what’s wrong with someone)
- To be generous (when you never feel you have enough)
- To tell others about what you think is important (God, morals, hope, etc…)
- Be patient (when you really need/want it now)
- Be quiet (when you want to fill the air with noise)
- Speak up (when your voice needs to heard)
There are many more.
You probably noticed that some of these contradict each other…to be sure courage simply reveals our inner compass…and sometimes it’s off. The truth is that sometimes we are courageous about the wrong things at the wrong time…but when we are courageous we force our inner thinking into the light where we begin to see how our inner life plays out in the real world. And this helps us to learn…we learn as we do this and it gives us opportunities to become a different person.
What if we tried to be brave and not just good. Maybe being brave is a doorway to becoming good…and often it’s more important to do something brave than try to be nice and safe.
What would courage look like for you today?