The War on Worry
It is an interesting year to try and do something new. The journey starting The C.A.M.P. has been anything but linear, overcoming many obstacles with plenty more to come. It is my hope to be as open and vulnerable as possible when it comes to this adventure. This year, the country we call home has been a mixture of protests, corruptions and scandal...a recipe for a fallen state. These circumstances affect thousands of Haitians daily, even though 90% of the issues will never make it on the evening news. Amongst Americans, charitable giving is far below average in 2019, and plenty of missionaries and organizations here in Haiti have called it quits. Bottom line: It's not a very ideal time to start a nonprofit.
So here we are, just past the beginning stages of The C.A.M.P.. There are good days and bad. Mountaintop moments where my heart is filled with joy, like finishing our legal paperwork, receiving encouraging messages and donations from many of you or beginning to unpack our boxes in the community center. I've also had many moments that are filled with fearful prayers. Those are the times where my mind piles worry after worry on top of each other.
Did I hear God right?
What if we fail?
Am I really capable of doing this?
So many people are depending on me, what if I let them down?
The war on worry is not one that we face alone. Maybe in your lowest moments, you've asked yourself these questions too. They stand in front of us, like a taunting giant and the fear of everything we cannot control paralyzes us. The one thing I know about fear is that the devil often uses it to make us believe that God is incapable of taking care of us. Our focus changes from what God has done in our lives to all that we lack. We trade our identity as sons and daughters of a King to simply becoming victims of our circumstances. Fear will take and take until there is nothing left of us. But God does not play by these kinds of rules, He plays by his own. God tells us in the Bible 365 times NOT to fear. The root of fear is usually a lack of faith and in order to fight back, we need to trust the Lord with everything we have. We know that He honors those who seek Him above all else.
"Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
When the circumstances are stacked against us, God is ready to fight on behalf of the faithful.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? Relax, don't be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."
Matthew 6:30-33 (The MSG)
There are going to be times in our life where we need to step out in complete faith, even when it may not make sense to anyone else. The world will say we can't, doubt and anxiety will say we can't, but God says to seek HIM first and continue to live in HIS will. Don't let worry get the best of you. Fight back with gratitude and trust. In the words of a dear friend, "God's got this." It is only when we choose faith over fear that our giants will fall.