Courage comes in many forms

Published 11:06 am Thursday, April 13, 2017


aving pondered what my topic would be this week, I finally decided to write about courage.

While I was working on my homemaker meeting, I ran across an article in the inspiration section of our guideline books for 2016-17 written by Janice Doan from Harrison County.

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She quoted several things from “The Complete Sourcebook” compiled by Elizabeth Doan.

I have picked out two of those quotes I really agree with. The first was, “Courage is a great thing.” The second is, “One may lose his money, which is much, he may lose a friend and that is worse, but if he loses his courage, he almost loses all.”

I have a few of my own ideas of courage I would like to mention. Courage is a young man or young woman who goes into the military because they love their country and with the knowledge they may be sent to war and never see home again. I salute them.

Courage is a firefighter or a policeman knowing when he leaves his home and family each day, he is going into a world of danger. I salute them.

Courage is an emergency room medic, a nurse or a doctor who every day does their best to save lives and give encouragement. They also try to stay up for their patients daily when their own lives may be falling apart from being overworked and stressed out. I salute them.

Courage is a mother who is working two jobs to keep her family going all by herself. She raises children to be good citizens and still gives them her love. I salute her. I also salute dads who are in the same situation.

Courage is college students who are literally going through school nearly penniless but working hard to get an education. Many work two jobs and use every penny they make on their college education. I salute those students.

Courage is a young mother and father to be, who stand up for what is right and choose not abort their baby because it is suggested to them even if they know life is going to be very hard on them going forward. That is real courage, and I salute you!

To them, I am taking a quote that Janice Doan used from an unknown author I truly loved and describes courage the way I feel it truly is.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” This in itself is courage to me.

As we all know, courage comes in many forms. Since Easter is only one week away, I have to say there was no greater courage than that of our Lord when He died on the cross for our sins. I not only salute, but bow my head in honor of Him.

Sue Staton is a Clark County native who grew up in the Kiddville area. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who is active in her church, First United Methodist Church, and her homemakers group, Towne and Country Homemakers.

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0049.

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