Why Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear?
Everything in life requires Courage. It is essential to the human experience. Courage is not the absence of fear. Fear is one of the first human emotions we are introduced to when we enter the earth. For instance, when a baby is born, the first emotion displayed is fear. Being used to a mother’s womb.
It’s hard for the baby to comprehend the feeling of living outside of it. This fear is expressed through crying and wailing. Fear is the most dominant emotion in our society today. We are afraid of many things to the point that we get really scared to be ourselves, although some of our fears are from our subconscious.
Fear is a crippling emotion that traps and imprisons us. Fear paralyzes the human spirit. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to move past our fears and triumph over them. To advance, make progress, and free ourselves from the mind’s captivity.
What is Courage According to the Bible?
Courage is the acquired ability to take control of your fears. It is the confidence in your Identity. We have all been gripped by fear in some way, even though we try to convince ourselves that as Christians, there’s no room for it.
Fear finds a way into our lives without any invitation or introduction. It just says, “I’m here, make room!”
But there is a divine response that heaven gives us when we notice that fear has made its grand entrance. The Bible says, ” For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Meditate on this, and you’ll find peace, boldness, and confidence in our great and good God.
The Holy Spirit is our comforter and makes available the comfort we need to overcome fear and walk in courage. Sometimes it’s okay to be overwhelmed with anxiety, but we shouldn’t keep basking in and relishing that state; we need to overcome it. God has given us access to courage.
It is simply our job to receive the comfort that the Holy Spirit releases to us because of Jesus. Fear is referenced in the Bible many times over. God knew that as humans, we would struggle with this emotion. For some of us, that struggle is a battle, while it’s our worst nightmare for others. Our battle may not be one of violence, but we are fighting one of justice and truth.
God wants us to be courageous and stand up for what is true and holy. As children of God, we are called to wear spiritual armor to defend ourselves against the forces of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. God is always speaking to us, guiding us. We are the ones who choose whether or not to listen. We may decide not to hear because of many reasons or mostly because we’ve given room for the noisy and loud voice of fear to block and shut out the soft, still voice of God.
What is keeping you from following the leading of the Holy Spirit? What is holding you back from living life to the fullest, especially when God has given you the go-ahead. Or would you rather let fear keep you in reset mode? Would you enjoy living in a vicious, repetitive cycle of never-ending problems? Are you hurt, angry, sad or disappointed? Do you feel betrayed and used by God?
Does it feel like God only shows up when He needs you and not when you need him? Do you harbor so much anger and resentment towards God that you would let fear be a god in your life? Why idolize fear that keeps you entrapped when you can give your all to the greatest One? You may not trust or believe in God. You might even be in doubt that there’s more to your life than what it already is. But the truth is, you will have to find the willpower to let go of your pride and hand it all to God. Without God, nothing is possible.
Anytime the spirit of fear is all-consuming to the point that it is killing me inside. I always tell myself to put my pride aside and let God in, and when I do, my pain, worries, fears, and struggles vanish into thin air. To ignite your confidence and reclaim your courage, you must step into the highest vision of who you are. Wrap yourself in the loving embrace of God. Connect to God, and things will open up for you.
Let God into the deep recesses of your heart; let him embed himself into the very core of your soul and being. Surrender all to God; your past (all that you’ve been, your present (all that you are), and your future(all that is to come; the new you).
11 Quotes That Proves Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear
One of my favorite quotes from the I-Ching is—
” It is only when we have courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.” I Ching
Brené Brown— “You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”
I wanted you to see what real courage is. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear- Nelson Mandela
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is facing danger when you are afraid. -L.Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done- that’s courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward. – Piers Anthony
Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. Have the courage to act instead of react.”- Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. Passion is and should always be the heart of courage.” – Midori Komatsu
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard.
It takes courage… to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”- Marianne Williamson, “Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ‘A Course in Miracles”
What is Fear?
Fear fuels and gives power to our inner demons. Fear is when life becomes so complicated that you lose control and a grasp of reality. There are things we stubbornly hold onto and sometimes unknown to us could be robbing us of our joy, peace, courage, and self-confidence. Courage is moving forward even when the road seems blocked, or you have no idea where you are headed. It is not remaining stagnant all because you fear the unknown.
Fear triggers in you a sense of weakness and insecurity. Courage silences your inner demons and gives life to the voice of God within. The hardest part of turning our lives over to the care of a power greater than ourselves and choosing surrender over control is the need to stay still and let God move. We are so impatient that the idea of losing that much control over our life seems daunting/ scary. Courage is freeing while fear traps and confines in an enclosed place.
Fear wills our mind with the ability to create scenarios that benefit us. It uses our minds to keep us safe in our own personal bubble. This bubble feels like a safety net, but all it really does is make us unable to face problems head-on. Fear makes us feel like ‘a bird in a gilded cage,’ which means to live a life of wealth and luxury but to be without true freedom, happiness, or contentment.
A life of wealth and luxury signifies the thrill and feel of having complete control over our life affairs. But we never feel happy or contented because fear doesn’t stop us from wanting more; it just slows down the process, keeping us stuck in a repetitive cycle of events. Courage is taking risks. It is sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, truth, determination. When you do what people think you shouldn’t or can’t do.
There are things we hold on to. Trying to exert our will and unwilling to release the burdens of the past. But no matter where they came from or how long we’ve been carrying them, to be free, we must drop the rocks that could ultimately kill off our passion, purpose, and our strength. Without letting go, we struggle through life instead of gliding. Faith would allow us to surrender instead of holding on.
Winston Churchill would say, “there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” It’s more accurate to say that life has many of these moments, many such taps on the shoulder.
Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear But Acting In Spite Of It
Courage is standing up against tremendous odds to achieve something significant. Courage is finding the willpower to show mettle, perseverance, resolution, and fortitude in everyday situations. Courage is not something we are born with but comes from within us, from our choices. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Courage is more than just bravery; it is mettle; whenever you are faced with a choice, you rise to the challenge even when fear, doubt, and pressure overwhelm you.
Courage involves Resolution and Perseverance, which is making up your mind to achieve a goal and not giving up, even in the face of defeat or failure. Courage is knowing you need to do more and not just stay idle. It is not throwing in the towel even when the results of your efforts look disappointing.
Courage involves fortitude, which means having the strength of mind to stand up for what you believe is right even if it means standing alone. Courage is not caring about the opinion of others but instead speaking up, facing your giant and bullies head-on. It is fighting for your peace of mind and no longer subject yourself to ridicule of any sort. Fortitude is the courage to be disliked.
Courage comes from the Latin word cor, meaning “heart.” It is also part of the words ” encourage” and “discourage.” To encourage someone is to give them “heart,” to hearten them. The prefix “en-” means “put into.” To discourage someone is to take away their “heart,” to dishearten. The prefix “dis-” means “take away.”
Courage adds to your life. It puts guts, fortitude, and perseverance into you. Fear always remove from you. It takes away your joy, peace, happiness, and confidence and replaces it with doubts, despair, pain, and sadness. Fear leaves you void, empty, and lifeless.
Courage is an encouragement that starts from within. It is being your number one fan when no one else will. Fear is a huge discouragement that begins from within you. It lets your inner demons, past and traumatic experiences have complete control over your life. Courage is being your best and bravest self, while fear brings your weakest and insecure self out on display.
There are challenges in life that call for a courageous act, and it is expected of us as believers to take our destiny into our hands, bracing ourselves for the unexpected and unknown. Courage is something that everybody wants- an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. Courage is feeling fear yet choosing to act. The only time a man can be brave is when he’s afraid.
It’s natural to want to be in charge and control our lives, and God completely understands it. But He’s asking you to relinquish that mentality to always be in control. Let Him take the reins of your life and stir you in the right direction.
Let him take the lead, and then you’ll follow. Let him guide you every step of the way. This is the only way you will be able to repel fear and embrace courage. It’s impossible to feel good about ourselves when the fear that we will lose control is running us. Take Courage because this is the only way to win the war of fear and be victorious.
Courage is not the absence of fear but persevering in the face of adversity. Courage is following your heart and taking action. Courage is a choice. It is in each of us, so when you are faced with a choice of whether or not to do the right thing, remember that courage is much more than being brave. It takes mettle, resolution, perseverance, spirit, guts, fortitude, and strength of mind. So why don’t you summon the courage and rise up to the challenge? You should always keep in mind that every act of courage really pays off in the end.