I watch people dealing with mountains of fear, uncertainties, and doubts. They are coming head-on and quietly sneaking up from behind. A puzzling and misty future confronts employees and friends; they do not understand and are not readily willing to take on the journey. The journey will come; they know it, yet the worry and fret trying to think of ways they can run to safety. There seems to be no solution.
It is easy to spout principles, talk about responsibilities, and lecture on the facts of life. Rarely does this data, which each of already knows all too well, change our view or our fears. We do not want to deal with this; life is tough enough today, much less tomorrow! The questions keeps returning and spinning in my mind. Can I take a side exit or should I run? Do I really have to deal with this?
The harsh reality is that tomorrow will come in its own time, on schedule, and there is nothing that one can do to change this fact. Equally true is the fact that nobody has written the future yet, things to come are not final, we always have a choice, and our fears are not reality. Knowing any or all of this does not change our emotional mountain. I cannot speak for others, but for me this a very real wall that shadows my journey.
I have heard the lectures about self-discipline as well as the cliches of pulling up my bootstraps. This may, just may, work once or even twice, however, it never works for any period of time. I need help!
This is were you and I come in. We can make a difference in the lives of people around us. Look at Jesus. “He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out.” (Romans 15.3) His efforts changed the world. His power, God's hands, and our willingness could do just the same!
God wants us to be his hands, feet, voice, and ears. Ready?