PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

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


“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. …

Take no part in the unfruitful work of darkness.”
Ephesians 5:8-11

The passage from Ephesians calls us to live as children of the light. On the surface, this sounds not only desirable, but maybe even easy. After all, who would choose to live in darkness instead of light? Upon reflection, though, and deeper self-reflection, we recognize how it is all too easy to choose to live in the darkness of prejudice, pettiness, and self-righteousness.

The news is full of stories of bigotry, racism, and hatred. Behind each of these stories are people who are choosing to live in the dark rather than in the light. Living in the light of God’s love is a continual call to change, grow, and to repent when we have chosen to live in darkness

Most churches include a prayer of confession of sin in their Sunday services. Darkness is not just “out there” in other people. Each of us has the capacity to choose thoughts, words, and deeds that reflect darkness, just as we can choose those which spread light and love.

What is your response to the Scripture quote from Ephesians? Why do you think someone might choose to remain in the darkness rather than living in the light? Have you struggled, or do you struggle, with that decision yourself?