To be the best we can be takes courage. There will be times where we will need to take a stand against a group mentality or to risk popularity to do what we know is right. It takes courage to stand by someone considered an outsider and welcome them in. At other times we need to have the courage to risk failure as we try new things or push ourselves to the next level. It takes courage to persist in the face of barriers or criticism, to focus on the positive and to believe we have the capability to find ways together to a better way of being. To live our lives well requires all of us to have that quiet but persistent courage to stand tall and to learn through standing for what is right, building on strengths and learning through giving things a go.
To have courage requires us to have faith and hope. Where we have faith and hope that God walks with us in that journey and enables us to stand tall, we are free to live our lives abundantly unfettered by fear or the weight of other’s expectations. Like Daniel, we can walk with courage into any lion’s den to do what is right or to grow our capacity to do good and shine the light of hope.