PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”


“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”
Anonymous

Once we muster the courage to decide to change directions, however small that change in direction may be, we may discover that this decision is actually a series of ongoing decisions. Once we are on our new course, we soon find that we have to continue to make the decision to stay on course, even when we are tempted to turn around.

We know from the story of the Exodus journey that the people who were journeying with Moses in the wilderness had their moments of wanting to turn around and go back to the familiarity of what they had known in Egypt. This is as true for organizations as it is for individuals. Who among us doesn’t know of a business, church, or other organization that would rather choose to continue to decline than change direction? They seem to spend most of their time and energy looking back ‘to the good old days’ rather than looking forward into the future that God is calling them to.

Changing direction is hard work—even when we know that what we are leaving behind is no longer working for us—because it requires us to look at ourselves honestly and make hard, often courageous, decisions.

Can you think of a time when you struggled with the desire to “go back” after you made a decision to make a change in your life? Are you experiencing that struggle in your life right now? Have you ever been, or are you currently, part of an organization, church, or institution that gives up and wants to “go back” when the work of change gets hard and requires courage?

Whenever I have been asked, “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour?” I say, “Yes, I strive to do this every day.”