Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace: Three Ways to Find Courage

“The true pilgrim who has found the way says in his thankful heart, ‘I will run when I can, when I cannot run I will go, and when I cannot go I will creep’ (Fr. William Congreve, SSJE).” Sometimes we forget that the greatest courage can be the quietest, and that creeping along can be blest by God.

  • Sometimes, courage is loud and obvious, as when David fought Goliath. Everyone saw how he defeated the giant. But courage isn’t always showy. Sometimes it’s quiet. You might see it but not be able to identify it at the time. Be aware of looking for examples of quiet courage in those around you; it can inspire your own.
  • Courage is persevering when we don’t like our circumstances. It’s looking at the hard day ahead and putting one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward. It’s saying, I don’t want to do this, but I have to, and I know I’m not alone—God is walking with me.
  • We can rest knowing we don’t have to depend on our own strength; God will give us what we need, when we need it. We have a Heavenly Father who is for us greatly encourages us in facing our fears.

However it is that you are facing the challenges of these days, even if you are creeping through them one step, one moment at a time, remember that as you creep, you are not alone. The One who promised to be with us, even to the end of the age, is with us still, whether we are running, or going, or creeping. 
This week, as you creep along, look back with amazement at what you have managed, and look forward with courage, knowing that Jesus is with you, even in your creeping.

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