PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Saturday, February 29
“Practice makes progress.” Anonymous
Yesterday, we concluded with the question “During Lent, how can I make live-giving, love-filled, courageous choices?”. While traditionally Lent is a time for reflection and prayer, it is also a time to practice our faith. How can we practice courage in the wilderness, not just learn and read about it?
We grow in our ability to do something when we practice it. Those who follow Jesus are encouraged to put what we believe into practice. Jesus spoke in verbs – usually action verbs. He encouraged those he met to do something. “Go and show” “Go and tell others” “Love one another”. The truth is not that “practice makes perfect,” but rather that “practice makes progress.”
Christians today often talk about their faith and what they believe, but the early church was all about putting faith into practice, doing, acting, loving. “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by [my works.” James 2:18
We focus on practicing because our desire is for each of us to strengthen our ability to act with courage, especially when we find ourselves in the midst of challenging circumstances (our wilderness). Our hope for the journey through this season of Lent is that we may see these challenges as opportunities to practice courage and, in the process, to grow stronger, both emotionally and spiritually.
Have you ever had the experience of growing in your ability to do something through practice? Can you think of a time when, as you were facing some hardship, you discovered a level of courage that you had not previously known? Is there a particular challenge you are facing now that is presenting you with a chance to practice additional courage?