The Courageous Leap of Faith: Understanding True Bravery

Growing up in the Church, there was always a specific narrative about bravery and fear. A memorable moment from my childhood is the recollection of a sermon where the pastor referenced 2 Timothy 1:7, emphasizing, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” As a child, these words were hard to comprehend, especially when my heart was shadowed with fear, even in the most mundane moments.

The misinterpretation I held about fear and bravery trailed me well into my early adult years. Desperately praying for my fears to subside, it felt as if the heavens remained silent. It was only after exhaustive reflection that I understood it’s our passions that ignite our bravery.

Bravery isn’t limited to any religious or spiritual belief; it’s universal. While our core beliefs might differ, every soul on this Earth has a passion, a drive that propels them to acts of courage. However, faith without works is futile. Regardless of how much we pray or wish for things to change, action is essential. There’s an age-old principle that you reap what you sow. The brave, irrespective of failures, rise again, and dare to venture into uncharted territories.

Contrary to popular belief within my faith community, I veered from the path of traditional ministry. But the unpredictable twists and turns of life, though challenging, have been a profound learning experience. True bravery, as I’ve come to realize, isn’t about grand gestures. It’s the subtle moments – showing up when it’s crucial, taking that first uncertain step.

The Bible beautifully illustrates this in the tale of Peter from Matthew 14:25-31. Peter’s initial act of stepping out of the boat onto the water, trusting in the Lord, epitomizes bravery. Though he faltered momentarily, this act remains a testament to human courage paired with divine faith.

Instead of magically dissipating Peter’s fear, Jesus prompted him to confront it. And that’s the crux of genuine bravery. Our faith combined with God’s infinite wisdom is our guiding light, even in the face of fear.

So, for those reading this, it’s time to introspect. What’s the “boat” that’s holding you back? Bravery beckons you to step out in faith, holding onto your passion and determination. The world awaits your courage.