There is a final word found within these definitions.
That just blows my mind. I’m dealing with a tough and drawn-out situation right now, and it seems that the brave thing to do is to seek to repair things. Honestly, I’d rather turn my back.
I think of my dad working on my mom’s car over the summer. The idea wasn’t to just patch up the old parts so that it would maybe run again. He replaced things. Lots of things. He brought in what was new in order to make the old operate correctly. It was a difficult process. It was a lengthy process. There was trial and error. Some things worked, some things didn’t.
He stuck with it.
There are times when we need to shake the dust off of our feet, but I wonder if we are too quick to do that. (I absolutely DO NOT mean cases of abuse. If you are in a situation where you are being hurt in any way, remove yourself and seek help immediately!) I wonder if we are too quick to give up. I know that I am often far too impatient for the process.
In studying these Hebrew and Greek words I see a distinct connection between attitude and courage. Jesus said:
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
If we speak forth what is in our hearts, then surely we act from that place as well.
For all of the posts in the 31 Days: Brave series, go here.