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I have an hour-long drive to work, and I spend the first part of it praying it. I live in the middle of nowhere, and it is absolutely beautiful. There are trees and flowers, farms and baby animals. You can see God at work.

I always close my prayers with the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the thing I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

I had never thought about how powerful that second line was – Grant me the courage to change the things I can. Not “God, please fix everything wrong in the world,” but asking him to give us courage to change things that are wrong in the world.

I am (hopefully) graduating from college in December. This took a lot of prayer and thought – did I want to have two easy semesters for my senior year or did I want to graduate on time in December? After much prayer, I decided that I needed to be courageous and graduate on time in December. I didn’t need to let my fear of the uncertain (where I would be attending law school? what would I do for 7 months before law school? will I find a half lease?) stop me from reaching my goal of graduating on time.

This summer I went on the Journey put on by the Emmaus Community. My little sponsored me, paying for me to spend a weekend with no outside influences. Just God, my table group, and myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the event changed my life. It is hard enough to beg God for forgiveness and truly accept him into your life. But to have the courage to be a vision of God in a world that lacks him tacks much more courage. One thing that really sticks out in my mind is a talk given by the director of the event who spoke about showing the love of Jesus to everyone we come in contact with. I try to remember this at all times, especially at work or when I see people that I don’t really care for that I would usually glare at and then go on.

Right now, I am very interested in getting involved in prison ministries. To be honest, I am kind of intimidated. Actually, that is an understatement. I am terrified. In my mind, I envision these hard looking women with tattoos and mean faces that killed their husbands and could probably snap me in half. I know I shouldn’t make assumptions, and most of the women are probably in jail for minor drug offenses and DUIs. However, God has really been laying this on my heart. I pray every day for Him to give me courage and means to become involved. I can’t think of a better place to go to show the love of Jesus.

When was a time when you surprised yourself be being courageous? I’d love to hear!


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