In my life I have met all kinds of people – but the ones who stand out the most are the ones who had courage.  Courage to step out, to stand up or to make things right.  I love courageous people… they inspire me.

Courage takes on many forms, and often we will think about soldiers fighting for a cause, or someone standing up to a bully, or speaking truth when no one else will… so many ways.  Courage takes guts.  Talk is cheap, but courage is about taking the right action, at the right time – often alone.  We live in a world where people don’t have gumption anymore – we simply let the injustices of the world flow past us, never even looking up from our cell phones.  We sit on the sidelines, rather than be in the game.  It seems that we accept the saying “it is what it is.”  We seem content to live on our knees, rather than die on our feet.  This apathy goes no place good… but then there are the few…the brave… the courageous.

This past Sunday at Journey Church, a mother of 3 walked into one of our services…bald.  She had shaved her head this past week… for obvious reasons.  She has cancer, and as we all know, one of the tragic side-effects is that you lose your hair.  For guys its probably not that bad, but for women… that is tough.  She walked in though, head held high – dropped her kids off in our Children’s Area… and came and sat in church.  No shame – no cover-ups – no absenteeism – just there.  That is powerful.  That is COURAGE.

But the courage didn’t end there – she allowed us to pray for her.  That takes courage too – to ask for help.  No one likes feeling like they need others.  She is courageously allowing our church to walk with her and her family through this – she is inviting us into her life… that takes courage.  She is an inspiring figure – she is leading us through her honesty, bravery, beauty.  She makes these words true:

           1 Peter 3:3-4

           3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

I am honored that we have brave people in our midst – they lead us, they inspire us, they are the carriers of courage.  So step out, stand up, and be braver than you think you are.

Be courageous.