Read the story today on the BBC website about Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher who threw himself on a grenade he had triggered, saving the lives of the men with him. Miraculously he didn’t die. He will now receive the George Cross for an act of gallantry.
As a Pastor it got me wondering – would I have done the same? In my safe, comfortable world that I live in – what am I putting myself on the line for? What am I risking? In my more honest moments – probably not very much.
Jesus said ‘Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend’ & that ‘whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’. It certainly challenges me – how about you?
Here are some immediate thoughts that come to mind…
Being brave is instinctive.
To be considered brave means you must be in the arena where danger lurks.
I can be brave in my own strength but it is more powerful if God is involved.
How brave am I willing to be – to see people impacted by Jesus?
Bravery is not for the faint-hearted.
I long for the taste of victory but I must acknowledge that sometimes, if not more often, I will experience the taste of defeat. Either way, I am going to give it a go.
As Roosevelt said:
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
[How would you rate yourself on the bravery stakes? What would you be willing to die for?]