Keeping Faith Takes Courage

Around two years ago, I wrote an article on the importance of keeping faith in life and how it is very important to have faith, especially when the times are tough. I wrote about how these tough times can be life’s tests which will only make us stronger and wiser with time. In this article I want to write about why and how having faith requires courage.

To live faithfully means to live productively, but having faith is an act of courage which must be repeated hour after hour, day after day. Faith allows us to take risks in life, to go in the direction where the paths are unknown, and that is not easy for most of us. Faith also makes us ready to accept some pain and disappointments knowing that everything will turn out the best in the end. And it requires courage to all this.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

This courage comes from deep within the soul, and not from any kind of power or knowledge. It is the courage which is accompanied by a calm attitude, and is different from the courage required to declare a war on someone. It is not required to be physically strong or have a gun to have this courage, because it comes from faith. This is the courage of Gandhi, and not of Hitler.

This courage is required to face the setbacks and pains of life as a challenge which will strengthen us rather than treat it as something which should not have happened and which is unfair. This courage begins with small daily acts of faith, when we see that things are not going our way. It begins when you get struck in a traffic jam, and it only increases in magnitude when we have an accident, or loose a loved one. To have faith means to commit oneself to an act without any guarantee that our actions will produce the desired results or not.

We all strive for safety and comfort, but whoever goes too far in this aspiration and always seeks security doesn’t have faith. If we make different systems for our defense and security, then we ourselves become a prisoner due to the lack of faith and courage. It takes courage to have belief in ourselves, certain values and life itself and to take the plunge without knowing the end result.

A famous quote by Ray Bradbury so wonderfully says – “You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.”

Be Brave

A poem depicting the need to be brave, even in toughest of situations, and how the world salutes them who act bravely. Also read this poem of mine on the similar lines – “Start, even if it’s just YOU”

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

We all face tough situations,
Some are routine, some grave!
But you always have a choice,
To do the usual, or to act brave!!

Doing right requires courage,
It decides how you act and behave!
Even when it goes against the norm,
You can be strong and act brave!!

Not many will support you,
For people will hate your guts!
Don’t let them bother you,
For they are only frustrated bigots!!

Cruel words and taunts you might face,
But always remember you have a bold heart!
By acting strong you have shown the way,
Don’t let any doubts and fears tear you apart!!

By choosing the route less common,
You have taken a stand like a hero!
Their arrows can’t pierce your skin,
Your tough soul can take many a blow!!

For all those used to exploiting others,
Your stand have sent a strong shockwave!
Let them blabber in their false sense of pride,
For there are others who salute you for being brave!!

Go the extra mile

Can you go the extra mile?

Can you go the extra mile?

Life can be wonderful,
Each second can make you smile!
But to see its true beauty,
It will need you to go the extra mile!!

Can you trust people?
On whom nobody will bet!
But if you can do it honestly,
It can become a big asset !!

Can you show goodness?
Even to those unfair to you!
It will reap you true friends,
Who can make miracles come true!!

Can you practice strong faith?
In times that will shake your patience!
You will reap all success possible,
Only if you can maintain your balance !!

You will definitely need courage,
To achieve anything worthwhile!
The only question you face is,
Are you ready to go the extra mile??