Yesterday at church, I was asked what it meant to be valiant. The first thing that came to my mind was that someone who is valiant never gives up. They fight for what they believe in no matter how hard it might be. The teacher told me I was wrong (in not so many words of course) and proceeded to explain what he thought it meant to be valiant. I didn't necessarily agree with his answer either but I kept my mouth shut.
When I got home from church, I couldn't seem to get this little incident off my mind. I thought about my answer and decided that never giving up is a characteristic of someone who is valiant but I knew there was more to it. As I was lying in bed last night, this is what I came up with:
Someone who is valiant is a part of something bigger than themselves. For example, a soldier is part of a war. They may play a small part, but their contribution could be great. Or how about a father? His role in the family is part of something huge. His example and his actions play a big part in how his children turn out. Now, I think part of being valiant is believing in something, fighting for it and not giving up. So the soldier believes in his country, fights for it and does not give up. Now I am going to spin this into a religious sense. A LDS father believes in the gospel. He fights for the Spirit to be in his home by reading the scriptures, holding family home evening, having family prayer on a daily basis, taking his family to church, and teaching his family gospel principles. Never giving up is the hard part. Having family scripture study on a daily basis can be hard. Taking your young children to church each Sunday may seem pointless and frustrating. But to me, those fathers who are persistent and who don't give up, are valiant. The last part of being valiant is the reward. It seems like there is always a prize for the soldier who was valiant and I think that it's no different for the valiant father. The reward may not come in this life but it most definitely will in the life hereafter.
So there you have it folks. If I could go back and give my answer all over again, that's what I would have said. So what do you think? What does being valiant mean to you?