It Only Takes 20 Seconds

Erik Cooper —  April 30, 2012 — 5 Comments

Twenty seconds. What if that’s all it took? Twenty ticks of the clock?

Last week, my family finally rented the Matt Damon movie We Bought a Zoo. Outside of a few choice words….

(Try keeping a straight face when your 6 year old sincerely looks you in the eye and asks, “Daddy what does b***s*** mean? I fully expect a call from his school no later than Thursday.)

…there was one line from this screenplay that’s been echoing through my spirit for the last 7 days:

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

– Benjamin Mee (We Bought A Zoo)

I don’t know about you, but a lot of days I don’t feel very courageous. Yet over and over again in Scripture, God commands His people to “be strong and take courage.” How do I reconcile this gap?

This movie got me thinking…

Is courageous a state of being? A personality trait? A gift of high quality DNA? A breed of human being? Or can it simply be a conscious, momentary decision? Something we “take.” A choice?

20 seconds?

Maybe courageous isn’t a word people use to describe you. But if you could muster up just 20 seconds of boldness today, 20 seconds of bravery…

What would you do?

What would you say?

Who would you call?

Where would you go?

What idea would you initiate?

Who would you reach out to?

What difficult conversation would you have?

What issue would you address?

Who would you encourage?

Who would you confront?

What would you believe?

What would you risk?

Maybe it’s not about becoming more courageous. Maybe it’s just about embracing it for 20 short seconds.

5 responses to It Only Takes 20 Seconds

  1. I like that idea a lot. You may have convinced me to finally see the movie (I’ve been wanting to see it for awhile).

  2. I just watched that movie last night. I have thought about that same line all day!!

  3. I rented this film several weeks ago and this quote has stayed with me ever since! It’s so simple 🙂 Considering a “20 seconds” tattoo just as a constant reminder, and I have never had any interest in getting a tattoo!

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