If you’ve ever been a parent, (or remember back to your own childhood), helping someone to learn to ride a bike is exciting. We all start out with training wheels; we think we’re a pretty big deal. Until we notice the other kid who doesn’t have training wheels. So, if you’re like my boys, you find dad’s wrench and work on getting those embarrassing things off. Finally, with a little help, you now have a real bike.
When you get on to ride you quickly find out you get about a half pedal around and you fall to the side and catch yourself with your foot. You try again, same result. Looking now for mom or dad you ask them to hold you steady while you ride. This often goes on for days. Each practice is preceded by “Don’t let go, promise!”
Courage is not the absence of fear. Did you think it was? When our guys are on the battlefield, when our law enforcement engages someone with a gun, fear is there. Yet through practice they have honed their skill, they can rely on what has become instinct. Courage is taking the training wheels off. Courage is trying each day….
If a networking lunch makes you lose your appetite, if breaking off a relationship makes you tremble, if facing the cure (surgery, chemo, whatever) keeps you procrastinating – you are not alone. It feels lonely… It takes practice to have courage… When you walk in the door to face the lunch crowd, the man mistreating you, the doctor telling you your options, take a moment – look back and look up… whisper “Don’t let go, promise!” He won’t, he said so: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV)