But this walk is on a steep narrow road inwardly & a wide rugged road outwardly - Wide & full of potholes & perils:
Perils from evils & idols. Perils from distractions & temptations. And punches from other travelers who strike, shun, or attack perceived weaknesses in the name of God.
Getting up & carrying on takes courage. Getting up, carrying on, & gaining ground takes courage. To keep moving despite the bombs & bullets from both enemy & friendly fire takes courage.
Staying open & humbly vulnerable takes courage. Forgiveness takes courage. Exercising wisdom & compassion with the imperfections of others & ourselves takes courage. Forging ahead on the faith mission God has given takes.... Forging ahead deciding to leverage every trial for good, takes... Getting up, facing God, & surrendering all, knowing that you will still make mistakes, but must still carry on - this. takes. courage. To regularly & intentionally encourage & instill this courage in one another, we must. It is our charge & our call to en-courage one another.