PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Sunday, March 8
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
The reality is that we all are vulnerable, pretty much all of the time. So, to be more precise, when we talk about the courage to be vulnerable, we are really talking about the courage to allow our vulnerability to be seen and to be known by others. Brené Brown captures this perfectly in the quote above. What is your response to this quote?
Everything I did in my first year of ministry was the “first”; my first baptism, my first communion, the first Christmas, the first wedding and the first funeral. I remember driving to the visitation for the first funeral I had as a minister. What could I say, what did the family expect of me? I wanted to flee before I had even gone into the funeral home. I felt vulnerable, I felt inadequate. God intervened into my panic and said gently, “Linda, just get out the car, and go into the funeral home. Don’t worry. It doesn’t matter what you say. Just go in and show your heart.” I was given the courage I needed, and God reminded me that just by showing up, and speaking from my hear, all would be well. And of course, it was.
“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences—good and bad. Speaking from our heart is what I think of as “ordinary courage.” Brené Brown