PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

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


“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
Raymond Lindquist

We are now more than halfway through our Lenten journey. We have focused on the courage to be vulnerable, the courage to grow, and the courage to change direction. Perhaps it’s time to talk about the courage to let go.

It takes courage to let go of what is familiar, familiar ways of doing things, as well as letting go of familiar lenses through which we view the world, ones that may not fully reflect the lens through which God views the world.

Yesterday we looked at the biblical story of the man who had been blind since birth. We might have been surprised by the disciples’ question. But they were

simply viewing sin through the familiar lens at that time, that illness was always the direct result of sin. Unless we are aware of the lens through which we view others or even ourselves, and more importantly, unless we are willing to let go of it, we risk not being able to fully embrace the dignity of each and every person as a child of God.

Have you ever had the courage to let go of the familiar? Perhaps you were able to let go of anger, fear, prejudice, the need for power, always insisting on your way? Can you think of a time when you had the courage to let go of something you were doing, or a particular way of thinking that you came to believe was hurting yourself or others?

“The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside. Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I’ve tried… It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all. It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. Let it go, let it go; can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go.” Queen Elsa from Frozen 1