Courage to Do the Right Thing!

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. —Ambrose Redmoon

John Wayne put it this way: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

One dictionary defines courage as “the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, resolution and bravery.”

The origin of the term courage comes from two words: heart and age. Courage comes from a heart commitment to the values that are part of one’s essence, being, or heart—and these values are ageless.

For many people, just getting up in the morning to face a new day requires courage. However, most people need to call upon their courage only when certain circumstances arise. The real test of courage for most of us comes when we must stand up for what we believe when it is not popular, acceptable or encouraged by others.

Courage is the energy, power, force or belief that causes us to take the right action, regardless of the consequences. This kind of courage is the result of a strong belief, faith and commitment. It takes this type of courage to care, to do the right thing. This courage moves an individual to action.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. —1 Corinthians 16:13

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. —Dale Carnegie

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

September 11, 2008