This week America celebrated its independence. On the eve of July 4th, I watched a movie about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I always envisioned the founding fathers cheering after voting to declare independence. However, in the movie, the founding fathers were silent and still after the votes were cast.
My husband and I talked about how the movie is more likely an accurate portrayal than my original impression of what occurred on that day. The founding fathers knew the battle that would be in front of them after declaring independence. They knew of the lives that would yet be lost and the tears that were yet to be shed. As I contemplated the scene on July 4, 1776 and the brave actions of the founding fathers, I realized that bravery is being willing to sacrifice for a greater (and perhaps divine) cause.
Over the last few days, I have been touched by examples of bravery. Today I read this blog post that epitomized bravery. It's written by a guy I've never met, but just like me he's been married less than a year. However, he and his wife are facing a battle of lifetime as she wrestles with a lung disease. His post touched my soul.
On Sunday, my husband shared a short video with me. The voices in the video share their faith in God and express their belief that while they have faced or are facing challenges that they wouldn't pick for themselves, they know that their experiences are what they need. To me, they too define bravery.
I am inspired by the bravery I observe. Sometimes I think society portrays bravery as conquering insurmountable odds and afterwords being showered with accolades. While bravery can be conquering insurmountable odds, it's also the quiet and humble decision to accept God's will and to sacrifice our immediate want for a greater, and indeed divine, purpose.
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