August 11, 2019

Bravery to Overcome Fears

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“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”-- Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)

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What exactly is courage? Where and how do we find it? What kind of people can we label as “brave”?
  • Superheroes?
  • Insanely fit, beautiful young people with weapons out to avenge wrongs?
  • Physically or socially powerful individuals who bully their way to the top?
No. We’re not discussing Hollywood stereotypes. This article will center on the courage everyone needs to survive daily struggles.  Please enjoy these quotes from Goodreads:

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” --William Faulkner
“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.” --C. JoyBell C.
 “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”-- August Wilson
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.”--John A. Shedd
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” --Mark Twain
 “Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.”-- Napoleon Bonaparte
“I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back....”-- Erica Jong
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” --Roy T. Bennett
“Believe you can and you're halfway there.” --Theodore Roosevelt
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”--Veronica Roth, Allegiant
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”--Nelson Mandela
“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”--C. JoyBell C.
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” --Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

My Conclusion

True courage is found in moving through fear and trusting God. The following scripture highlights this important truth:

 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”-- Psalm 56:3-4 (KJV)

Got Courage?


  1. Liked your question: What kind of people can we label as “brave”? After interviewing so many people on my show who have overcome tragedy -- they are the ones I regard as brave. Also, those who step out of their comfort zone to do something they are afraid to do.

    1. Carol Graham, I completely agree. Courage is exemplified by people who overcome tragedy and live life outside of expected boundaries.