Finding Courage for a New Year
If you are reading this post today (Thursday, December 31, 2009) or even tomorrow (Friday, the first day of the New Year), then you are seeing a pair of eyes staring down at you from the header. If you are reading this post after today or tomorrow, scroll down to the end of the post to see the image, my image, staring at you. I won’t make you (or me) look at me for more than a couple of days.
You may find it a bit disturbing, I know I do. It’s normal to feel uneasy when you are forced to really look at yourself. Normal, but necessary. And, from time to time, it’s absolutely essential. Today, this month, this year, it is absolutely essential that I take a good, long, hard look at myself.
“The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.” –Paul Tillich
Courage is not something that we find once and thereafter are able to call upon it whenever we need it. Courage needs to be sought after and cultivated. You need to find the courage to face yourself, to face every day with integrity and kindness. You must search within yourself to find the love and mind of Christ and then you must use it. Courage doesn’t do anyone any good if you just sit in your own home and commune with your own courage. You must go out and use it, be it.
Where are you going with your Courage today?