Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point. – CS Lewis
Today is Veterans’ Day, a day to remember those who have served our country.
I think of the word courage often when I think of our veterans, and I think CS Lewis describes this virtue perfectly.
Whatever virtue it was that drew out the courage of any particular veteran, they all pursued that virtue at the highest level.
Some served for love of country.
Some served in order to stand up to the bullies of this world.
Some served to impress a girl.
All exhibited courage along the way.
We best honor their courage and sacrifice when we have this same courage at the testing point of virtues.
When we have the courage to love, serve, and sacrifice for our loved ones and for what is true and right in this world, we test our own courage in the face of difficulty.
We certainly have it easier. Our smaller sacrifices give meaning to the sacrifices of those who have served. The sacrifices of those who have served give meaning to our smaller sacrifices.
Have courage as you go about your day. Honor the sacrifices of our veterans by being courageous in pursuing virtue in your life.
Make it a great day.