My sister and her family leave today for a much-looked-forward-to trip to San Diego. I am thrilled for them, thrilled that they can have this time to wade in the ocean, to visit Disneyland, to simply be together. My sweet sister has endured more than her share of heartache over the last few years. She has endured it, not without tears, but without giving up.
Perhaps that is the true definition of courage.
Examples of courage are found around us, if we but look. Does not the mother of seven young children display daily courage in facing the endless round of laundry, sticky hands, and questions? Does not the missionary called to serve in a foreign country show courage when she accepts that call? Does not the individual who speaks against lies reveal courage? Does not the soldier who serves his country with honor exemplify courage?
I believe that we are all soldiers when we choose not to give up even in the face of overwhelming odds.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who endure.