The person that I interviewed for the purpose of this assignment is my 12-year-old nephew who is in 6th grade. I love my nephew so much and we spend quite some time with him. Through experience, I have learned that he has the gift of courage (NIRV 1 Corinthians 12). The reason that has made me believe that my nephew has this gift of the Holy Spirit is in the way he handles scary instances that would have otherwise be considered overrated for him. He walks alone in places that even an elderly person would compromise. Despite his parents warning to keep of such places, he has never stopped the habit. Additionally, he has faced very tempting occasions with courage, including cancellation of his preliminary exams. He has always told me “Auntie, every disappointment is a blessing in disguise” this is what has always made him strong (The Gifts of the Holy Spirit).
When I asked how this gift of the Holy Spirit works in his life, he told me that the gift of courage has helped in sail through hard times. He explains that the gift has made him handle situations that he would have never withstood without this gift. One instance that he recalls was he lost his friend, who had been educationally supportive to him. He never imagined he would attend school successfully without his friend. However, due to the courage he had in facing situations, he moved on and made new friends, who have also proved to be as supportive as the former.
My nephew further encouraged me that I could also practice this gift if I wanted to. He assured me that if I believe in myself and respected other people’s dignity, I would eventually have courage in me. He assured me that the gift of courage is very important in helping people persevere in tough and tempting situations (Gifts Of Imperfection – Courage, Compassion, and Connection).
New International Reader's Version (NIRV) 1 Corinthians 12
A study in happiness, in spite of mental illness. Gifts Of Imperfection – Courage, Compassion, and Connection. Web September 2012 http://learned-happiness.com/2012/09/17/gifts-of-imperfection-courage-compassion-and-connection-week-two/
Scott Richert. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Manifestation of Sanctifying Grace. Catholism. Web 3 March 2010 http://catholicism.about.com/bio/Scott-P-Richert-25677.htm