What to do with Fear?

I know people will have doubts about our trip, especially if this trip leads to a long term trip.  Even people very close to us will have their concerns, doubts and fears.  I can't be upset with them about this because Jason and I have had our own share of fear, doubts and concerns.  When we started this process I think we maybe thought OK, we are willing to serve you God, but please make sure we can still have this, this and this.  It wasn't truly until this last month that I can admit that I was willing to let go of all the fears and totally trust in God and his will for our lives.  So I can't just expect everyone else to be totally on board with this.  I am sure their fears are "what if something happened to both of you when you are in Africa?  What would become of your kids?  There is so much disease, what if you get very sick?  Etc, etc.  And with the possibility of long term service comes so many more questions.  All I can answer that with is that no one can keep themselves, or their children, safe at all times.  We cannot determine that for ourselves.  In Luke 12 it tells us to not be afraid of those that kill the body and after that can do no more.  But rather fear him, who has power to throw you in hell.  I know that sounds harsh, but it is the truth.  It is God's word.  Most of the time it is SO hard for us to think eternally instead of the here and now, but that is what we have to do.  I can't let fear of earthly things prevent me from doing what God has called us to do....share his love with others.  I can rely on His word though and take comfort in that..

John 14: 1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me."
Matthew OrtegaComment