The Last Word: Courage

This is an exerpt from my podcast, Truth & Grace Counseling Podcast. Click here to listen to the full episode.

Today’s last word is courage. Courage is a word thatall of us have both used and have known for most of our lives. What comes to your mind when I say that word, courage? I’ll tell you what comes to my mind. Now, this kind of shows my inner ninten nerd, so to speak, but what comes to my mind is Link from the Legend of Zelda. If you’ve lived under a rock, you have no idea what I’m talking about, about the legend of Zelda in this mythology of this. It’s a video game series on Nintendo.

In this mythology, there are three triforce. There is the triforce of power, the triforce of wisdom, and the triforce of courage. And the triforce of courage is held by our hero in the game named Link. Now, link faces various challenges throughout all of these games, and he’s really nothing special just to look at him.

He is just an average looking guy, has a sword and picks up various items along the way. But despite all of these massive odds stacked against him, he continues to fight on, and he doesn’t falter in the face of this danger. So he earns that triforce of courage by the fight that’s in him. He is an average guy that fights for what is right in the world. Eventually he saves the world in this game and defeats the evil king Ganon at the end of most of these games. So spoiler alert, if you’ve never played any legend Zelda games. Sorry about that if you’re still under that rock.

So you might be sitting there thinking, okay, I need to show courage, so I need to go out and save the world. Right? Well, you don’t have to pick up the sword quite like our friend link does. We don’t all have to save the entire world in order to show courage.


Maybe showing courage means you speak up to a coworker that’s talking about, let’s say gender ideology. Maybe they’re forcing people to use pronouns at your work, and you say, “No, I’m not going to use my pronouns. I’m not going to force other people to use their pronouns.”

Maybe you show courage by attending church again. You have faith in God but you have not been gathering with other believers. Being faithful to being involved in a church can be a sign of courage. Maybe it’s showing courage by getting on your hands and knees and praying to God and saying that “I don’t have it all figured out. I need your help.” Maybe you show courage just by showing up to work every single day and standing up for truth. I can’t tell you which way you need to show up for courage. I can’t do that. That’s your life.

“What I can tell you is you have to do something. You cannot show courage, particularly in this day and time, by sitting back and doing nothing, simply liking the right tweets, liking the right Facebook post. It’s not good enough. You need to do something ”


What I can tell you is you have to do something. You cannot show courage, particularly in this day and time, by sitting back and doing nothing, simply liking the right tweets, liking the right Facebook post. It’s not good enough. You need to do something and don’t try to figure out the perfect something. Just do something. Do it today. Do it right now. Feel free to write down in the comment section or write me an email of what your next step could be. What is your form of courage?

I’ll tell you that for me, my big form of courage that I’ve shown this year is by creating Truth & Grace Counseling. This is out of my comfort zone to make blogs, podcasts and videos like this and to be quite as open about my political and religious beliefs in an online format like this. But I know it’s important, and I know it’s important for me to stand up for what I believe in. And for other people to hear these words and to show courage as well.


So how can you show courage? What’s a way that you can show courage today, this week, this year? Let me know. I would love to hear from you.