If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? Proverbs 24:10-12
Medal of Honor recipients are awarded to ordinary men who do extraordinary things under fire – literally. Their instincts kick in and they risk their lives to help others. Quite often the medal is awarded posthumously to the nearest kin. What makes a person risk their lives for others? Interestingly enough, those moments of courage and bravery are just that: a few minutes to a few hours in duration. Afterwards, they are known and recognized throughout history as heroes.
Those moments, though, are built into the fabric of who somebody is. They don’t just come onto the scene, rescue a few lives, and live to tell others about it (another interesting tidbit about these awardees is that rarely will you hear someone mention that he earned it). No, that bravery is ingrained. They’ve probably done heroic acts (smaller in scale, of course) while they were growing up. Those moments in our lives don’t come often but when they do we need to be at the top of our game, so to speak.
How are you preparing for those moments that would cause many to panic? Undergurding yourself with God’s Word is a great start. Crying out for wisdom is a close second. And praying that you will do the right thing when called on to do so is also wise.