Real Courage

We’re studying Nelson Mandela at Hill Prep this morning. I remember when he was released from prison and have been watching again on Youtube with my little student. I’m just as amazed now as I was in 1990 that a man can spend 27 years in prison for speaking out (and fighting) against injustice and yet not let that experience make him bitter. This quote of his was my favorite from our study time:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

It reminds me that fear is not something to be harbored or given room to grow, but something to be hushed up and pushed aside. It reminds me of the truth that comes from the apostle Paul:

“He has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Y’all have a courageous day and overcome something you’ve been afraid of.


  1. Just saying that verse aloud gives me chills and conviction…I Believe it!

  2. Thanks Ashley. I am battling some fears pretty regularly right now. This encouragement was so timely!

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