How many people do you know that you would describe as brave?
You may have had a different experience, but I find that brave people are quite scarce. The earth has a large population of foolish people, risk takers, show offs and “free spirits”, but a truly brave human is an uncommon find.
I suppose then, that I must define what I think bravery is…
In my personal opinion bravery is overcoming fear. For I would be surprised if you called someone brave for speaking in public if they thoroughly enjoy it and have never had any fear of it.
Bravery is not the absence of fear, it is the conquering of it.
I am not always brave, in fact, rarely do I deserve that title, if ever, but that is in part why I am writing.
I want to be brave.
I have an irrational fear of people knowing my thoughts, ambitions, dreams… et cetera. This can no longer affect me. No person can live life to the fullest if they are bound by any fear other than the fear of God.
God is love.“There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
Bearing this verse in mind, there is no way to fear anything but God if we have been perfected in love by Him, the fear of God is the only pure fear, for it is not inspired by the fear of punishment but by our awe and respect.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” Proverbs 9;10-11
By beginning to write on this blog, I am gaining ground in my battle against fear.
My parents have been encouraging me to have a blog since I was ten years old, and I had one for a while, but you can imagine how that went. I posted only a few times.
Writing comes easier than speaking does in most scenarios. I suppose that is another influence of fear I have to eliminate, but like any war, I shall fight diligently until victory. If there is such a thing as complete fearlessness, I hope to find it. But then again, I am only human.
In this new world we live in, that is so unlike the ones of the past, for both better and worse (probably more for the worst), everyone is trying to be heard, and being different is less and less frowned upon, yet some things never change. People do crazy things just to get attention, and fear stops people from being awesome, war rages on… et cetera.
So I guess just being ourselves is pretty rare. Brave people are scarce, but very needed,