Courage

Key Verse: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. Courage is the tiny steps we take word and despite of our doubts, fears and anxieties. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10.

Curiosity is emotional work. Courage is the work of our physical bodies. Here are just a few examples of courage:

  • Getting on a plane
  • Signing up
  • Hugs, smiles, and compliments
  • Raising a hand
  • Saying the word, “Stop!”
  • Whispering the words, “Let’s go.”
  • A kiss

We don’t have courage without our bodies. It took courage to start on your mission trip. And it will take courage to keep going. Courage doesn’t require a big start. And anyway, you’ve already started big when you left for your mission trip a handful of weeks ago. You evaluated the risks and came to the conclusion that whatever might happen, the risks were worth it. Or you didn’t evaluate the risks (a personality trait worth respecting) and you trusted a friend or a minister. In any case, you endeavored on the mission. And now you are here.

Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed trying to calculate the risks of changing parts of our lives. We become mired in “what if’s.” Our brains lock up as we attempt to calculate the probability of a sad consequence if we attempt something good. On one hand you must calculate the cost of the bridge before you build it. And on the other hand you can’t spend your life fantasizing about the worse thing that could possibly happen. Good thing there’s always another hand.

So if you’re the type who get’s stuck chewing on your tail like the Cowardly Lion, then relax. Take baby steps. Know that whatever you’re contemplating, that restless idea, the delayed decision, the secrete dream, it won’t kill you. Say it to yourself: “Well, it can’t kill me.”

(Now, it is possible that you are considering something that could kill you. Like serving in the military or police work, windsurfing or salad-eating. But let’s stick to baby steps for now).

We need our own courage. There are almost always people in our lives who are willing to loan us some courage. In a heartbeat they would:

  • Give us a ride
  • Hold our hand
  • Cheer us on
  • Stand alongside us
  • Recruit additional friends
  • Hold the line

And these people, just like you, are busy so you will have to ask them. And you should. Your tiny courage loan request could be the very wonder that sparks their own curiosity.

You had an idea back on the mission field. You probably had 10 good ideas. Tell one of your ideas to someone who would be willing to loan you a little courage.

My idea:

My courage “loan-officer” is:

Request date:

My tiny first step is:

Tiny step date: