The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
This quote is from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book “Strength to Love”. This relates to my recent posts about Wesley Autrey and the skydiving instructor. Where did those men stand at times of challenge? They stood on the side of heroism, selflessness, and courage. They made a choice – a choice made difficult by the circumstances. As MLK said, it isn’t what you do when someone slips and falls on the sidewalk or someone is uncomfortable in turbulence that determines whether you’re famed as a hero.
However, I do believe that your actions during times of comfort and convenience prepare you for the time when you are faced with a decision during a moment of challenge or controversy. The act of practicing heroic traits every day of your life will make those stressful decisions easier. Just as practicing the last-second fadeaway shot every day will prepare you for the moment you’re asked to win the basketball game for your team.
Give some thought today to what you’re doing every day to prepare for that moment in your life where the decision you make will be under duress and perhaps important to other people.