The definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Wow. Powerful. I recently had a friend email me that they were impressed by the amount of courage it’s taking us to make this large move. I was honored she said it, and I actually thought on that statement for quite some time. What or WHO gives us courage? Is it within us or do we draw it from some well of life? Join me as I examine what has given us courage, and what we have experienced with it.
First off, our courage comes from Christ. We are believers, and we believe that nothing is impossible with him in our corner. We have been blessed a million times over, and we know that we would never be able to muster the courage for such a large step in life without him.
Second, you have to have your entire family on board for the love and support needed for the move. For the four of us to each have our own amount of courage, as it does mean something different to each of us, is a powerful thing. Carl’s courage is dealing with his job in a new environment, Belle’s courage of attending a new High School, and Jessie’s courage is finding friends in a new school as well. What is my courage? I want to be courageous in everything that affects my family so that I can be a pillar of strength for them when they need me.
Third, the idea that is born is almost courage wrapped with a bow. The very idea can be so scary, and yet so exciting, that moving forward with it can be too much for people. We have had our moments… where fear sets in and you start to second guess everything. We have found it is perfectly normal, and that we have done everything humanly possible to prepare for this. We have prayed, saved, purged, prepared, researched, and shared- I hope to never say “We weren’t ready for this.”
Fourth, it takes courage to find and make friends. Why? Because you are putting yourself out there to people who are always strangers first. Trust, Peace of Mind, and Kindness play so much into it, and I have learned that if you have given me kindness, you will always get it in return. You leave behind the security of friendships that you have kept for almost 10 years, for those you hope to be friends with for the next 10. It takes courage to walk up to someone and say “Hello, my name is ________, and you are?” (Which I have done at Disney Meets). I also believe that God’s love shines through friends he has made for you, and when you meet them, you just KNOW by the connection you have made. I’m happy to say this has happened with several of my FL friends, and I can’t wait to see them again.
I guess the reason why it’s been easy to have the courage to make the decision to move, because we already have dealt with the big stuff that takes FAR more courage. The relocation is the EXCITING kind of courage, the kind that you knew lived in you all along, but never knew it until God pointed it out to you.
Wherever your courage may come from, embrace it, enjoy it, and love the heck out of it, because it IS a gift and you never want to waste it. God bless and have a great week!