“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
– General Omar Bradley
True bravery is not the absence of fear; it is looking straight ahead and moving forward toward the very thing that you are afraid of. Look, we all have to face things that sometimes seem insurmountable. They are the battles that we face. When we find ourselves confronted with something that scares us, we have a choice to make. And, yes, it is a CHOICE. We can either choose to face them and move forward, or we can choose to turn and run. Two things come to mind when I think of this:
First – have you ever tried to fight with your back toward your opposition? Think about it, it is impossible. You can’t see their next move. Even if you could, how would you defend yourself? How about trying to play football with your back toward the other team? Have you ever tried to tackle a guy by running into him with your back? It just doesn’t work. If you are going to have any chance at all, you have to face what is opposing you.
Second – If you do run the other way, you are only going to get further away from your goal. You might try to run around it, but eventually you will be confronted with it again.
We were designed to learn and grow; physically, mentally, spiritually, and intellectually. Those obstacles that we are sometimes so afraid of are the resistance we need to grow in mind and spirit. Our physical bodies need physical resistance in order to develop and grow. The inward man needs mental, emotional, and intellectual resistance to develop and grow mentally, intellectually, and spiritually.
It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. I tend to agree with that except that the Word says that His mercies are new every day.
With regard to bravery, know this; what ever obstacle you face you are not the first to face it. Many have gone before you and made it through. Even if you need a little help, look straight ahead and press through. Yes there are things at work that are out of your control. Trust that He will take care of those things as His Word says He will. That is called Faith. But with the things that you CAN control; like your responses and your reactions and your actions, stay focused and move forward even if you are afraid. As you continue to do that through life you will develop the ability to perform very well in spite of fear. And that is called Bravery.