I’d like to provide a gentle encourager: Courage is not the absence of fear, but the presence of love. Many of us equate courage with fearlessness.The entire concept of courage doesn't exist without fear.
I’d like to provide a gentle encouragement: Courage is not the absence of fear, but the presence of love. Many of us equate courage with fearlessness. The entire concept of courage doesn't exist without fear. The stronger the fear is, the more courageous the act.
Courage isn't something that should be compared. Someone's fear of snails may sound silly to you. Yet, if they overcome that fear in order to achieve a goal, then that, by definition, is courage. Sometimes, simply telling the truth takes courage. George Orwell points out that, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
Courage is Sally Yates standing up to the most powerful office in the world to protect those who are being hurt, regardless of the repercussion. Courage is the Standing Rock youth standing up to a multibillion dollar energy corporation, several militarized police forces, rubber bullets, tear gas, and hoses, USACE, and the White House to protect the right to clean water for not only their future generations, but for millions of people they won’t ever know. Courage is immigrating to America and working undesirable jobs for a better future for your children, despite discrimination.
In the Bible, 1 John 4 talks about God’s command to everyone who loves Him to love our brother’s and sister’s. This is in the context of us ALL being children of God. It also says, in that same chapter, that "Perfect Love drives out fear." I believe this.
Now, I don't believe it means that fear goes away completely. I think it means that this love referenced is a love of prioritized actions. It's an active love that fights for those who fear their oppressors. It’s not always a pleasant feeling. In the moment of courage, we prioritize the love we have for another human being over protecting ourselves and our selfish interests. We can use the obstacle of fear, the sensation of fight or flight, and transfer that adrenaline from self-preservation into active affection, lending a hand to whoever is in need. That love sees obstacles as advantages. That love is a love of service and activism. That love is courage.