PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Saturday, March 7
“Speak the truth even if your voice is shaking.”
Scripture tells us that, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6.
God has given us unique gifts and a unique voice. We can express our gifts and our voice in all aspects of our lives: church, work, family, friends, community, and social-political actions. As followers of Jesus, we are encouraged to find our gifts, our vocation, our voice as we seek to express our unique voice in the world and serve others.
To express our voice fully, though, can make us feel vulnerable. The quote above acknowledges this vulnerability when it calls us to “speak the truth even if your voice is shaking.” Speaking truth in the face of racism, injustice, and violence can cause our voices to shake. Speaking truth to a family member, friend, or colleague can also make us feel quite vulnerable. Courage is needed so that we can speak up.
Hearing the voice of the one who calls us to follow him can give us the courage we need to grow in our Christian walk. “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” Ephesians 4:15.
Is there a time in your life when your voice shook when you spoke the truth? Have you ever been hesitant, or are you hesitant now, to speak the truth because doing so would make you vulnerable? What do you think it means to speak the truth “in love” as described in Ephesians 4:15?