If we think the reward is worth it, we will take the risk. By nature, we follow our instincts of self-preservation and will most often avoid perceived threats and will do what keeps us safe. But sometimes, we believe the way to get the greatest benefit is to take a risk. In direct terms, we take some risks because of self-interest. We don’t always think of risks in terms of selfishness, but selfishness is certainly at the root of some choices to risk security, safety, ease, or comfort.
When we see someone take great risks that have no connection to self-interest, we recognize that as a virtue. It is an act of character that is not commonly seen. We may even use the phrase, “uncommon valor” to describe it. It is an active combination of both humility and honor. When a person takes a risk or faces the threat of danger for the sake of someone else’s interest, or takes a stand for what is true, right and honorable, we rightly use the word “courage.” It is a virtue that advances the highest good without serving self.
Selfless courage is the character we most often associate with heroes. This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be telling the stories of four men that committed themselves to doing what was right despite tremendous risk. How did they develop that kind of courage? What gave them that kind of strength of character? Although we hopefully will never face similar threats, their stories have the potential to make a great impact on how we each live our lives today. Join us at 10:30 AM as we continue our “Heroes” series by looking at “Character Without Compromise.”