PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

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


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
John 14:27

Have you ever had another car cut you off in traffic in a rather rude and careless way?  Did you find that certain words came out of your mouth that you were not proud of? Have you found that in dealing with people (often strangers) you are more stressful and irritable than you would like to be?

I recently heard this story: You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and accidentally bumps your arm, making you spill coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? Because someone bumped into you, right? Wrong

answer. You spilled the coffee because coffee was in the cup. If tea had been in it, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will come out. Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you, whatever is inside of you will come out.

This story has me asking, “What’s in my cup?” When life gets bumpy, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words, and reactions? Is there too much stress and irritability in my cup right now? You see, we get to choose what’s in our cup.

Can you think of a time when some kind of stress “bumped” you? Did grace spill out of your cup, or something else? What can you learn from your experience? Is there a way we can be more intentional about filling our cup with patience, forgiveness and understanding? Have you prayed for the peace of Christ so your heart will not be troubled or afraid?