PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Friday, February 28
“The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”
Historically, Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect
on the core of what it means to live a Christian life in the midst of great change and uncertainty. When facing change and uncertainty, few practices are more central to that life than courage—the courage to be vulnerable, the courage to grow, the courage to change direction, the courage to let go, the courage to act with grace, and the courage to walk the way of love.
We usually think of courage as BIG, BOLD ACTION, like a firefighter running into a burning building. And, of course, these actions take courage. But in life we learn that there are many kinds of courage. Courage shows up in the small, specific choices we make every day of our lives. A kind of courage that shows up and is present in the big and little, joyful and agonizing, moments of everyday life. Those who live life from a stance of courage live differently than those who live from a stance of fear. Courageous decisions increase our capacity to love ourselves as well as loving everyone around us. Fear-based choices can have the opposite effect. Living faithfully and courageously is a lifelong spiritual practice.
Each of us is called to the bold, daily action of loving God and each other with our whole selves. We are called to let our most protected selves be vulnerable to God’s transforming love. We are called to increase the strength of our ability to respond in love. We are called to learn, to listen, and perhaps to change our minds about what we think we know about God and God’s wildly generous love. We are called to look at where we have been wrong or done wrong and take courageous steps to heal the harm we have caused.
During Lent, how can I make live-giving, love-filled, courageous choices?