Dan Allender wrote a book called Leading with a Limp. So far he has made many great points. One of the topics he talks about is courage. Here are some great thoughts he gives.
The more we are freed by the love of God from the tentacles of shame and blame, the less likely we will be to give in to fear during crisis. It is brokenness that increases a heart’s capacity to live with courage.
What is courage? G.K. Chesterton wrote,
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, same shall save it,” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes…A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. HE MUST SEEK HIS LIFE IN A SPIRIT OF FURIOUS INDIFFERENCE TO IT; HE MUST DESIRE LIFE LIKE WATER, AND YET DRINK DEATH LIKE WINE. (emphasis mine)
The essence of courage is not an absence of fear; it is the necessary paradox of leadership. Facing the extremity of our helplessness opens the door to freedom to fight with a “strange carelessness” and a “spirit of furious indifference.” This is the foundation for true confidence.
What are your thoughts?