Each of us can look to the past and identify a pantheon of courageous individuals, but who are those you relate to or most resonate with your story?
I have read much about Abraham Lincoln and have a stack of books awaiting their turn. Lincoln's humility and care for the common man deeply resonate with me. His courage to resist the groundswell of Northern venom against the South and not further humiliate and punish, but push for reconciliation is inspiring.
My Uncle Bruce fought at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. This battle was fought in November and December in 1951, during the areas worst winter in recorded history. Ice, snow and temperatures as low as 60 degrees (F) below zero made for a brutal U.S. Marine Corps battle.
Bruce returned to the States, built a successful insurance business, was a loving husband, and laid a solid foundation for his two sons to achieve great success. He was proud to be a member of the self-proclaimed remnant of the "Chosin Few," and used the battle earned courage to endure many follow-on challenges with a gracious heart for people.
The Apostle Paul displayed great courage as he took the Gospel to the Gentile world. He challenged the religious and political elites while graciously meeting individuals where they were at, regardless of their background.
These are three of my historical heroes that have displayed great courage. Who are three of yours and why?
Going Further: How did you first learn about your big three? What other elements of their character do you appreciate? What were some of their flaws? How does their example encourage you to be courageous?