The late Senator John McCain defined courage as “that rare moment of unity between conscience, fear, and action, when something deep within us strikes the flint of love, of honor, of duty, to make the spark that fires our resolve.”
Times of crisis tend to be defining moments for each of us. We get to decide how we will react, either with fear or with courage. As the pastor who presided over the Columbine funerals, I have learned a thing or two about how to respond in crisis. I hope that this post today will encourage you and help you as we all seek to find the courage that is inside us all.
How to Choose Courage in Crisis
The Courage to Face Reality
It can be easy, especially in times like now, to hide from the truth. We can act like ostriches, pretending that nothing is wrong. It takes true courage to look at your situation and really see how things are going. It takes courage to look at your business and realize you haven’t made a profit in over three months. This is going to be challenging, but you have to open up your eyes to the problem in order to work on finding a solution.
The Courage to Ask For Help
So, now that you’ve faced reality, you might realize that you need help. I’ve had many clients that I’ve coached over the years reach out to me and ask what they should be doing, how they should handle their business. It took courage for them to admit that they didn’t have all the answers but that they needed some. They’re better off for it, and you will be too.
The Courage to Give Help
One of the greatest aspects of humanity is how we come together in times of need. A courageous thing you can do is reach out to those around you and ask if they need help. Maybe this will look like buying groceries for your elderly neighbor or sewing masks for first responders. As a landlord, maybe you can give a break on rent if your renters are struggling to make ends meet. Jesus always helped the widows, the orphans, and the Gentiles. Let us exemplify how He would respond here on Earth.
The Courage to Keep Going
Lastly, one of the most courageous things you can do is decide you’re not giving up. It would be easy to throw in the towel right now. But you’re not going to do that. You’re going to keep showing up, and you’re going to keep serving the Kingdom of God. I believe that God can bring beauty from those ashes, but it’s going to take the work of your hand to start this revival.
I hope this post today has encouraged you as we move to rebuild what this pandemic has broken. As always, please feel free to reach out to my team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help during this time.