Gathering is the key. Each step we take, each person we meet, each situation we pass through, each word of inspiration we read, each fear we conquer, fuels the fire of courage in our heart. The meaning of courage is, “bravery, fearlessness, daring”, coming from the Latin word cor which means the heart. Ari drew up and out of him, from his core, his heart, the courage that he needed to face the wild boars even while he was still shaking with fear.
Each time we are brave and push through the fear, courage is growing within us to draw upon in the future. “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face, we must do that which we think we cannot.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt.
Ari gathered courage while on his journey with every step forward he took. Each new experience, one by one fueled the fire of courage in his heart, as he listened to the words of Eliezer, he also allowed the wisdom to fuel his heart. When the day came where he was faced with the terrible and frightening attack of the wild boars, Ari was able to remember what he had gathered along the way of his journey. He remembered the words he had stored in his heart spoken to him by Eliezer, “Fear not in any circumstance and stand your ground. Be strong and of good courage.”
Ari began to feel the fire of courage well up within as he drew upon the words of Eliezer. He stood his ground, faced the fear and tapped into the fire of courage he had been gathering. A new strength welled up and out of the little lion’s heart exploding on the scene with a great and voluminous roar causing the wild boars to scatter and flee.
Courage is doing something we think we cannot do. Courage is doing it anyway even while still shaking with fear. Courage helps us find out what we are really made of. Be brave, take that next challenging step, and keep fueling the fire of courage. You never know when the wild boars may suddenly appear on the path of your journey. You will be ready and you will roar.
“Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6