Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and others for Five-Minute Friday. A five-minute free write on a given prompt. This week: BRAVE.
**UPDATE: OK, so I realized after I wrote and posted this writing that the prompt was actually WRITE. There was so much discussion on Twitter last night about being brave, I misunderstood when Lisa-Jo posted the prompt. Oh well. Apparently there's something here I needed to share! :) Enjoy!
I know some incredibly brave people.
Some personally, some through online friendships.
A few of my brave friends write books and have them published, and put their ideas out there for everyone in the world to review, and critique.
A few of my brave friends have incredible jobs, where they work to serve and protect others. Jobs like law enforcement, and serving our country through the military. We can never thank them enough for their bravery.
A few of my brave friends have other incredible jobs where they serve others in different ways. They teach, or they are nurses, or they are working behind the scenes of million-dollar corporations. (Yes, believe it or not, there ARE real people back there doing work to help others!)
But my brave friends who touch me most deeply?
They're the ones doing life. Every.single.day, dealing with potentially devastating situations.
Yet, they're not being devastated by life.
My close friend who stares down the demon of depression every day.
My loved one whose life was turned upside down and whose marriage is ending.
My friend who survived an abusive marriage and is emerging beautifully from her ordeal.
My friend from high school whose life of faith is an inspiration to many, especially through her illnesses and the sudden loss of her husband over a year ago.
I could go on and on and on.
We all know these people. We watch them, we cry with them, we pray with them, we pray for them.
For them, and the people who love them.
Because it takes alot to encourage and love on those who are close to us who are hurting.
But it takes even more to be brave. To do life every.single.day.
In big ways and in small ways.
My brave friends inspire me.
And I thank God for them.