Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. (G. K. Chesterton, 19th-20th century English writer)
Surely every soldier who considered a so-called “fox-hole decision” wanted to live. He or she was ready to promise God anything to have life extended beyond the current battle. Yet, even in such a dire circumstance, soldiers, wanting to live but loyal to their duty, were ready to die for their country. Are we willing to make such promises to God in our dangers and trials?
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24)
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)