PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
“Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.”
What does it mean to choose to practice courage? How can it change the whole trajectory of our lives? Can courage help us to make changes in our life?
When we choose to keep on doing what we’ve always done because it is the “path of least resistance,” we rarely consider that a courageous choice. The truth is that change is hard; we all love patterns and routines. In fact, we need patterns and routines to order our lives. But when those patterns and routines no longer serve us, or when they themselves are unhealthy, it is time to change. And as we have already noted, it takes courage to change.
The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well (John 4:4-42) had a daily routine of going to the well alone. We have no idea how long she had been doing so, but we can imagine that she had been doing the same thing day in and day out, month after month, year after year. And then one day her life is changed when she meets Jesus sitting at the well. It also changes because she was willing to be open to this chance encounter with this unexpected visitor. She could have chosen to ignore him, but she found the courage to honestly engage him and her life was never the same.
God gives us free will and therefore we are always free to change, or not. The choice is ours. May we all be inspired by the courage of the woman at the well.
Have you ever made a choice to change directions that was dramatic? Are you considering such a change now? Can you think of a time when you practiced courage in even a small way, and your life was never the same again?