The word FEAR: if you’re a Christian, then you know it usually goes hand-in-hand with the word NOT, as in “Fear not.” It’s said time and time again in the Scriptures how we’re not suppose to be full of fear because fear, worry, and anxiety, are not from God.
But we’re human, so who still isn’t afraid of something?
The reason why I bring this up is because in a few short days I’ll be on a bus with tons of High School kids, heading to Buena Vista, CO to a Younglife Camp with my girls I mentor. The bus ride and time at camp isn’t really what I’m afraid of…it’s what comes in-between. We’re planning on making a pit-stop before arriving at camp at Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting at the crack of dawn…and this FREAKS ME OUT!!
It isn’t that I don’t know how to swim or that I don’t enjoy being in the water (I actually love the water). It’s that the last time I was on a raging river, I fell out into the river and almost drowned!!
Problem with all of this: as leaders we always have to be the ones who are cheering our kids on, being the ones super-excited for everything we’re doing at camp. So how do you cheer something on that you really are afraid of?!?!
Thankfully, Christ understands when we do have fear and worry. I’m not a weirdo for being scared, and neither are you with your fears. He understands us because He experienced the feeling just like we do, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night He was betrayed.”
“Jesus walked on a little way. Then he knelt with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup.But do what you want, and not what I want.’” – Matthew 26:39
Nobody in there right mind would want to march into death, knowing the torture you’re about to go through, and be okay with it. And seeing that Jesus was a human, He felt those feelings of concern, anxiousness, and definite fear about what He was called to do. But the fear didn’t stop Him from doing what was needed, and when called into a leadership roll, we shouldn’t let our fears take over either!
So yes, I’m still nervous about this part of the adventure, but I must see Jesus’ example as the daily encouragement I need…and hopefully it’s the same for you!
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