Being brave is the sense of acting in a way that responds to risk in an appropriate way. It is not acting in an over-confidently or in a cowardly way. Bravery helps us to accomplish “good” things in our lives – and for our community.
Courage is doing things even when you’re scared. Courage is feeling the fear and acting anaway. Being brave is not something that happens when you are not scared – then it won’t be brave.
But, are we always brave? Are we brave with our words only or we couple our brave words with brave actions and brave deeds? Aesop told of a hunter and the Woodman…..
A HUNTER, not very bold, was searching for the tracks of a Lion. He asked a man felling oaks in the forest if he had seen any marks of his footsteps or knew where his lair was. “I will,” said the man, “at once show you the Lion himself.”The Hunter,turning very pale and chattering with his teeth from fear, replied, “No, thank you. search of, not the Lion himself.”
And we draw the lesson, the hero is brave in deeds as well as words.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.Isaiah 41:13 NIV
When you are brave and fear crops in, it is okay to feel frightened – and fearful, but it is what you do with that fear that is really crucial. That is what will open up more opportunities in our lives.
But more importantly, be brave in both words and actions.