PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
The Bible is full of stories of God calling people to do things they could not have imagined ever doing. The decision to risk leaving one’s status quo to follow
God was most likely as much of a gut-wrenching decision for those in biblical times as it is for us today. Many of us have had “those agonizing moments when you toss and turn questioning God, questioning our next steps, trying to rationalize and agonizing over whatever situation in which we find ourselves.”
All change is hard, even change to which God is calling us. Sometimes it’s difficult to discern what is God’s call to change, and what is simply our own ego. During times of change, it is invaluable to discern God’s call to us in the context of community, seeking the spiritual guidance of others whom we trust and who can help us be true to God’s call to grow and change.
Can you think of time when God was calling you to have courage and make a change that you were not quite sure you wanted to make? Is there a change that God is calling you to make right now? To whom do you turn for spiritual counsel when you need help discerning God’s call and direction for your life?