Courage. The word caught my eye as I sat outside the doorway leading to the room where my mom lay sick in bed. In a season such as this, I felt anything but courageous. Fear, anxiety and confusion consumed my heart and mind as I contemplated the uncertainty of the road ahead.
It’s not easy. And it requires sacrifice and meditation and more than likely, cutting out something we hold dear. But walking in the Lord’s will is so much greater than anything this world has to offer. That is the heart of what Jesus was trying to get across to His disciples.
Spiritual pride is a folly commonly associated with Pharisees. Rightly so, for Jesus has some severe words for the fanfare that accompanied their good deeds. However, the tendency to take pride in one’s own goodness is not exclusive to the “bad guys of the Bible.”
How were we designed to operate as humans made in the image of God? Too often, I find myself operating just like Alexa. I go through my day completing my tasks, not really thinking about the importance behind what I am doing. Worse, my heart often does not match my actions—even my so-called “good” actions.
As we come back each year and tell our story, there are always lessons that are learned along the way. We always learn new skills, but the spiritual lessons are the most valuable. Here is what I took away.