I learned that courage is not the absence of fear but the courage to triumph over it. (C. S. Lewis, late British scholar)
Lewis continues, “The brave man is not he who is not afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Do you remember what it was like when you played in your first piano recital (or similar event)? You had butterflies in your stomach, didn’t you? And you likely wanted to forget all about it. But, if you went ahead and performed, you were courageous, fearful but doing it anyway.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).