For the past 25 posts, you have read all different takes on courage and encouragement. Do you see yourself as courageous?
When we think of courage today, we probably think of the Wikipedia definition:
Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.
In some traditions, fortitude holds approximately the same meaning as courage.
. . . the term “fortitude” can be taken in two ways. First, as simply denoting a certain firmness of mind… Secondly, fortitude may be taken to denote firmness only in bearing and withstanding those things wherein it is most difficult to be firm, namely in certain grave dangers.Wikipedia
The quality of mind enabling one to face danger or hardship resolutely: braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, gameness, heart, intrepidity, intrepidness, mettle, nerve, pluck, pluckiness, spirit, stoutheartedness, undauntedness, valiance, valiancy, valiantness, valor. Informal spunk, spunkiness. Slang gut (used in plural), gutsiness, moxie.
Do you have more pluck than you did before? More guts to speak up for yourself and others in weakened states? Do you feel braver having facing traumatic health issues and procedures? Do you have more courage? Nick Vujicic from post 9 and post 10 could have committed suicide, but he made a decision to choose a road of fearlessness instead.
Back to Thomas Aquinas. He thought courage or fortitude was about endurance. Endurance suggests someone pacing themselves as they run a long, sometimes tedious race. Nick would probably tell you it takes a daily choice, and not just stamina, to succeed.
I am guessing your endurance has grown as you have dealt with the challenges you face. You are not the same person you were before. You have more depth, more insight, knowledge and wisdom.
Are you thinking you would have been better off to be healthy and not develop or strengthen these traits? Every experience makes us the person we are becoming. It is the illustration of the front and back of a tapestry being lived out in our lives. We cannot see the beauty now because we see a mess of threads as we see the back side, but one day we will see the front of the tapestry of our lives. Hopefully, what author William Barclay said will be true for us. Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
I pray God will help you as you grow in courage and endurance. I am signing off until September. I hope the next few weeks of summer are blessed for you.
I welcome your comments. Until next time….Leslie Rose K
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer