1. to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
2. to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
3. to meet defiantly; face courageously.
4. to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
5. to have the necessary courage or boldness.
Jonah's middle name comes from Robert Dare Wilson, my grandfather. It is a family name and arguably the coolest name ever.
My grampa was a great man. He came from humble circumstances. He rose above his situation and promised himself he would change patterns of behavior he had seen in his childhood. His intentional choices changed the destiny of his numerous posterity. He lived a courageous life and overcame many hardships, and some he had to endure until the end of his life. I owe a great deal to this man. We thought it appropriate to name Jonah after him.
Jonah faced many hardships and challenges, and I believe he did it with courage and boldness. He wasn't a complainer; in spite of his limitations he did more than we thought possible, more than we hoped. He had the boldness to try; venture; hazard. HE DARED.
The next time you are faced with a challenge, DARE. The next time God blesses you with an opportunity, DARE. The next time the odds are stacked against you, DARE. The next time you are called upon to stand for right, DARE.
I love the Primary song, 'Dare to do Right'.
Dare to do right! Dare to be true!
You have a work that no other can do
Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well,
Angels will hasten the story to tell.
Dare to do right, Dare to be true,
Other men's failures will never save you
Stand by your conscience, your honor, your faith;
Stand like a hero and battle till death.
Dare, dare, dare to do right;
Dare, dare, dare to be true,
Dare to be true, Dare to be true.
Jonah Dared. Do you?