Courageous Disciples Week 1, Day 5

It Takes Courage - The Arena

The Call to Ordinary Courage


Genesis 32:22-32

What is your name? Or maybe the better question is, “What is your call to courage, _____[insert your name]?” Where or with whom do you want to show up and be brave? Remember, courage is not the absence of fear. It is being brave and afraid at exactly the same time.

As Jacob wrestled with God, he came to receive a new name, Israel. That name was a result of the struggle he endured. I’m not sure that there is a struggle we face that doesn’t require courage. Can you think of one? I cannot.

Consider today where you want to be more brave. Perhaps you want to be braver at work, in leadership, or in a relationship. Maybe you need to be braver with friends. Your call to courage is the place you want to be braver.


How did Jacob speak his mind by telling his heart? Remember, that’s the definition of ordinary courage we’re working with throughout this study.


Name your call to courage.


Lord Jesus, you know my name and for that simple truth, I am humbled to be your disciple. Guide me on my call to courage and help me to fully live into the power of the name I’ve been given. Amen.


What will you do today to speak your mind by telling your heart? How are you defining your call to courage now?
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your responses in the comments below.


Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of It Takes Courage” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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