Spiritual Practice


Wesley Overhults

When I hear the word courage, I think of people who perform heroic deeds. I think of firefighters who leap into burning buildings or soldiers who travel overseas to defend their country.

Each one helps the other, saying to one another, “Take courage!”
Isaiah 41:6 (NRSV)

Firefighters and soldiers are definitely courageous; but when I hear the word courage, other thoughts also come to mind. Sometimes doing simple everyday acts requires courage. Getting out of bed in the morning can take courage, especially when all we want to do is curl up in a ball and hide. Sometimes, courage is reaching out to another person who is broken and hurting or accepting someone’s hand when we are broken and hurting.

We don’t need to run into a burning building to save someone’s life. Often, small acts of courage make the biggest difference. Yet, we tend to forget about the little things. Jesus performed many miracles, but he also showed the world the strength and bravery of compassion. Let’s never forget that showing compassion is courageous.



“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay . . . small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid . . . and he gives me courage.”
                     —Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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