PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

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


“True belonging is … belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.”
Brené Brown

The quote from Brené Brown offers a unique perspective on what true belonging looks like. The first thing that usually comes to mind when we think about the idea of belonging is that of being a part of something. We belong to a church, a team, a family, a neighborhood, etc. To belong is to be a part of something.

The quote above reminds us that belonging also means belonging to ourselves. This may seem odd at first but being deeply connected to our authentic selves is actually a prerequisite for being more deeply connected with others. Many family therapists teach the importance of “self-definition” and how, paradoxically, having a high degree of self-definition, or clear boundaries, enhances our capacity to connect positively with others.

Jesus modeled the highest degree of self-definition, a self-definition that was deeply grounded in his identity as belonging to God. It is this identity, this belonging so deeply to himself and to God, that allowed him to courageously walk the path that led him to the cross.

There are many ways we belong. Reread the Brené Brown quote at the top of this reflection. How does it speak to you about true belonging? Knowing we belong to God is a deep joy and being ‘in Christ’ connects us not only to Jesus, but also to ourselves and others. In what ways do you see Jesus modeling true belonging in the events of this week? In so many ways Jesus was the calm centre standing alone in the wilderness and turmoil of Holy Week.