Most of our children will need courage to just make life work, bravehearts who meet every day's challenges and fears with grace and strength. While lofty dreams and world changing passions are the arenas where bravehearts play, so are the dreams and passions and feelings in homes, offices, workshops, schools, and smithies.
There are no little bravehearts; there is nothing ordinary about a life lived with courage.
I see it every day in the eyes of students walking into school. Many are mustering the courage to say "Hi" to me, and that is before they even get in the door. Leaving mom, writing ideas that are shared in a group, working a math problem on the board, walking past someone she likes, telling a friend not to do that...the pinpoints for courage each day go on and on. They are what a successful life requires.
The blacksmith in the poem below isn't famous or changing the thousands. But he is facing the world and forging lives, stroke by stroke, day by day. While the poem doesn't say much about courage, as you read, think about what it takes for the blacksmith to keep going. Think about your children and yourself. Often the courage to put one step in front of another is greater than that of a famed hero.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow shows the courage in everyday life in this poem, "The Village Blacksmith." Here is to the many who are bravehearts in every day life, courage and faith beyond understanding just to keep going, making a difference where God places them.