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. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. 

Courage is embodied in the tiny steps we take despite of our doubts, fears and anxieties. 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 mis- sion 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. 

When you’ve mustered courage in the past, where has it come from?