What do you think of when you hear the word 'brave?'
We might all define bravery in different terms, but I think we can agree it takes courage to be brave. I heard Bill Carter, a former Secret Service Agent, on a talk show where he gave this definition: “It requires courage to take advantage of opportunities.” Everyday, we encounter “opportunities” to forge bravely into unknown territory.
We tend to categorize “brave women” as those who are in the international mission field or the military. Police officers, firefighters, first responders. Any woman who chooses a dangerous career, willing to lay down her life for a job, cause, or belief, is superhero-brave in our eyes. And she should be. These women display other-centered, not self-centered, courage.
Typically, we don’t consider that “ordinary” women (like you and me) display real other-centered bravery and courage every single day, often in the routines of life. And we would get our brave on in a heartbeat during situations that involve something or someone valuable to us. Risking danger or overcoming our fears reveals what is immensely important to us to protect or accomplish. We may not realize it, but a courageous heart makes us “superheroes” to those who know us, and especially to God.
Maybe when you think about bravery you imagine characteristics such as valiant, resolute, unafraid, adventuresome, bold, fearless, spunky, gritty, spirited, undaunted—the list goes on and on. As intimidating as these may seem, every woman has experienced at least one of those descriptions of bravery at some point in her life when she was forced to be brave and do something she didn’t think was possible. Or maybe didn’t want to do.
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