For most of my life I thought of courage as an absence of fear, or at least having only a small amount of fear. Some of you may define it the same way. Even some dictionaries define it that way, but most that I have found go a different direction.
The vast majority of resources that I have found define courage as the ability to face fear, pain, danger, or uncertainty. So, it’s not a lack of fear, but the ability to press on in spite of fear. Experience seems to bear this out as well. I don’t know about you, but it seems that my fears have increased with time rather than diminishing. Mostly because I have more to lose. I have very little fear for myself, but I have my wife and kids, ministry, the future, and countless other things that at times give me reason to need courage.
The problem I see in myself, and that you may recognize in your life, is that I understand what courage is but often fail to dig deep when it really counts. I face the easy challenges pretty well, but when God allows a big challenge into my life, a real Goliath that comes and stands over me shouting down threats of illness, financial ruin, hurt, loss, or something else that makes me fearful, then I want to retreat to safety and ask, “why is God allowing this to happen to me?” “I thought God said He would be with me…” Can you relate? If so, I hope the following video will help you.