Describe a time when you witnessed bravery: a) in your profession b) with your own eyes c) in someone you admire.
I think bravery comes in many packages.
Last fall, I walked the path with a young couple as they made very hard decisions regarding the medical care for their very pre-mature baby girl who lived 41 days. It is a difficult and compassionate bravery that resides within a parent who must sign a do not resuscitate or release of the body form for a child.
I have seen bravery in my profession as I witness pastors who cling to their calls to ministry in the face of pettiness and meanness from the very people who should be the most supportive. I have watched pastors tightly grasp grace when the temptation of a bully pulpit loomed large. I have listened to stories of actions that should not be true for a group that claims the name Christian. I can testify with other pastors as we trust in God completely while we question and wonder about the institutional church.
I appreciate the bravery needed for individuals to honor the authentic self within created by God. Sometimes it is hard to stand up against expectations, real or perceived.
I don’t think these examples of bravery are anywhere close to inclusive but I do think they are sometimes overlooked in the face of more flashy examples.