PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Monday, March 9
“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
Whenever we witness or are told about an incredible act of courage, we celebrate and cheer the individual(s). But sometimes as we do so, deep within us is a silent insistent voice telling us that we are NOT as strong or courageous! It is easy to assume that, unlike us, these heroes are gifted. Holy Scripture is full of heroes, people whom we think had incredible spiritual gifts that we mere mortals do not have. Or so we think.
The definition of courage is, “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” If this is the case, then we can breathe a sigh of relief because this definition expands our narrow understanding of who can be a hero and who is courageous.
What we do not see in the media, nor does our inner critic consider, are those agonizing moments when you and I toss and turn questioning God, questioning our next steps, trying to rationalize and agonizing over whatever situation in which we find ourselves. Do we really think Abraham immediately started packing when God told him to leave his community? Did Nicodemus go to see Jesus that night because it was his only free evening? “No” to both questions. They had to face their doubts and fears and that took courage!
As we continue our Lenten journey, take time to remember those times in your life when YOU struggled and forgive yourself for not seeing how strong and courageous you were! Thank God for giving you the strength and the courage you have needed. Thank God that you have found that courage at times in your life when you most needed it.