PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Sunday, March 1
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
To positively restate the Greek philosopher’s words, taking the time to examine our lives makes our lives fulfilling and worth living. I whole-heartedly agree with this sentiment and believe this wisdom applies not only to individuals, but to communities, families, and organizations, as well. A commitment to regular self-examination is a cornerstone of health and wellness in all aspects of life.
Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days. It was immediately after his baptism when he heard God’s voice say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Perhaps Jesus time in the wilderness was to reflect and examine who he was and what he was called to. The temptations all tried to derail Jesus from his calling, to set him off course. But he did not give in to the temptation of an easier path or a path of glory and power. He stayed true to who he was and what God wanted him to do.
The season of Lent, for those of us who are Christians, is a season for examining our faith. Traditionally it is a time for reflection, for prayer, for confession and repentance, of reminding ourselves who we are in Christ and what we are called to do. Just as an annual check-up with the doctor is good for one’s physical health, Lent provides a yearly check-up for one’s emotional and spiritual well-being. The season of Lent also offers us the time, and thus the opportunity, to strengthen our spiritual well-being through the practice of giving something
up, or by taking on a new practice or discipline that will help us to grow. Perhaps reading and reflecting on these daily devotions can be something you are adding to your Lenten journey.
How can we be more intentional in practicing courage? As you examine your current level of showing courage in the world, would you describe yourself as a courageous person? Why or why not, and are you satisfied with your answer?