It is 5 minute Friday in which I write feverishly for five short minutes, find a picture to fit my story and then post without reworking and rewording the entire thing before being brave enough to publish!
This week the prompt is brave.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
(Luke 9:23–25 ESV)
As a man I am supposed to be brave.
I am not.
As a Christian I am called to be courageous.
I am not.
However, I can tell you of some people who are brave and courageous in the very way that Jesus called them to be. These people come from Burma, a nation oppressed by a military who have killed and persecuted their own people for decades. Ethnic minorities are particularly persecuted. Many of these folks flee from the army into Thailand. All worry about their families, friends and relatives who were left behind.
Some brave souls amoungst them train up and return to help their people, spreading the Gospel as they do so. It is dangerous work, occasionally the army finds them and they risk being shot. Or the jungle and mountains take the lives of some such as Hsaw Reh, who recently drowned while on a medical relief mission in Burma. These are people I admire and would like to emulate in their bravery to serve Christ
Photo of Hsaw Reh: Free Burma Rangers