PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying (whispering), “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Most of us have been blessed by knowing countless courageous people in our lives. They inspire us and help us expand our definition of courage. Acts of courage are not limited to public displays of courage, but are more often simple, quiet actions that oftentimes no one else even knows about. It is this kind of courage that I have in mind when I say we have been blessed to know people of courage.
Who comes to your mind? Perhaps it is someone who has been a faithful caretaker to loved ones for years, or even decades. Perhaps you know someone who courageously lives every day with a serious physical or mental health issue. Maybe you know someone who has overcome addiction, living their life one day at a time. Maybe you know someone who has been a victim injustice but does not let this define them and still finds the will to persevere.
These people will not likely make the headlines or receive any kind of public recognition. They are often people who have demonstrated the ability to say, day after day, “I will try again tomorrow.” I pray that I, too, may exhibit a fraction of the courage these people have modeled for me when I face adversity in my life.
Who do you know that models this kind of quiet, day-to-day courage? Let us thank God for their courage and their example of faithfulness. Can you think of times when you practiced courage in a way that didn’t necessarily “roar,” but showed itself in a more private and quiet manner?