Most people think being brave happens when we make a big decision, something so completely out of the ordinary that people can’t help but say, “Wow, you’re brave! I couldn’t do that.” That’s the most common response I get when I speak of my Peace Corps experience. However, I’ve already written about how that wasn’t the bravest decision I’ve ever made.
Our brave happens as much in the small decisions as in the big decisions.
How we live every day is a bigger testament to our bravery than the big, life-changing decisions we make. When we’re brave in the small decisions, we set ourselves up to be brave in the big moments too.
Brave happens when we show up to work on Monday morning after an exhausting weekend, wondering how we’ll make it through the day. Brave happens when a momma takes the pacifier away once again, sighing as the tears start falling. Brave happens when friends meet for coffee and chat about how life is really treating them. Brave happens in the small moments.
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When we are brave in the small moments, we are letting brave become normal. Instead of getting caught up in the small details, we bravely say yes. And when something becomes normal, it becomes easier to do. It becomes part of our routine, our default in life. And if brave becomes our default, imagine how amazing that could be.
When we can boldly step out and encourage a neighbor. Or when we say yes to leading when we don’t feel fully confident. And when we reach out in love and in prayer when someone near us is going through a hard time. Those moments may seem small to us, but they might turn someone’s day around. That’s the power of being brave in the small.
Friends, your brave matters, in the small moments as much as the big ones. Don’t doubt that. And don’t start comparing your brave to someone else’s. Remember, brave looks different for everyone.
This post is part of my #write31days series for 2015: Living Brave. Each day in October, I will be posting about living brave and what that looks like in everyday life. Curious about 31 Days? Check out the website and the hundreds of other bloggers joining in this year: 31 Days.