Live Bravely

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I read in a recent issue of Outside magazine that their mission statement of “Live the Active Life” was a failure. Seems nobody really knew what the Active Life meant. The Outside editors and staff found that no one they interviewed could definitely answer whether they were living the Active Life or not. It was all a bit too vague. Heck, if you can walk to the bathroom, that’s an active life.

Living bravely was another matter. Everyone they spoke to could determine if they were living bravely or not. I suspect the same is true for you and I. We instinctively know if we’re living bravely or not. So my challenge to you (and myself) is to live bravely today. To live a beautiful life, we must live bravely. I have a few ideas what that might look like…

In the face of whatever is keeping us from living bravely, we need to stand firm to let bravery deepen its roots in our hearts, minds and lives.

  • In the face of fear, live bravely.
  • In the face of an enemy, live bravely.
  • In the face of temptation, live bravely.
  • In the face of failure, live bravely.
  • In the face of doubt, live bravely.
  • In the face of cruelty, live bravely.
  • In the face of unkind words, live bravely.
  • In the face of flattery, live bravely.
  • In the face of compromise, live bravely.
  • In the face of hate, live bravely.
  • In the face of criticism, live bravely.
  • In the face of selfishness, live bravely.
  • In the face of anger, live bravely.
  • In the face of fatigue, live bravely.
  • In the face of overwhelming discouragement, live bravely.
  • In the face of falling flat on your face, get up and live bravely.

You see, at the end of the day, the real question is not whether you’re rich or poor, whether you succeeded or failed, whether people praised you and mocked you. As you look at your face in the mirror, the real question is, “Did I live bravely?”

Questions: Name a time when you lived bravely? How did you take a stand? In what area of your life do you need to live bravely today?

I’d love your comments and feedback.

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  • Pamela Cutrone

    See the face of Christ and live bravely! (Amen to your list Joey) It helps me understand why I get weary and need to “Come unto Him for rest!” Pam

  • techne

    “be strong and very courageous!”

    • http://www.joeyo.org/ Joey O’Connor

      Amen!

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