Take Courage

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“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu


Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” on YouTube as part of this reflection.

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Exodus 14:11

The people of Israel complained to Moses, “Were there no burial places in Egypt that you brought us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt?”


It seemed that Moses couldn’t win.

First, God tells him to go to Pharaoh and demand that he release the people of Israel from Egypt’s captivity.

How in the world could such a powerless person as him do such a thing?

Then when Pharaoh inexplicably does release the Israelites, first Moses is a hero.

But then the people experience the struggles of their new-found freedom in the desert.

Pharaoh changes his mind and sends Egyptian soldiers after the Israelites.

So now the people turn on Moses.

How easy it is to stay in our comfort zones.

How easy it is to choose safety and security over actual change and growth.

Comfort zones soon become prisons.

There is no growth without change.

There is no resurrection without death.

For something new to start, something old must end.

Only you know what the Loving Source is calling you to do so as to be free.

But I can guarantee you it will mean letting go.

It’ll mean losing your life to find it (Matthew 16:25).

As Jesus said: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

Let go and fall into the now.

(Some form of meditation such as Centering Prayer or nature walks will be helpful.)

Be present.

Experience the total love and acceptance of God.

Live from that place and each new step will be a grand adventure.


Listen to the song of the day “Take the Road Less Traveled” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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