Evaluating our Fears

I love seeing how people react to me when I tell them I’m moving to Kenya for a year.  The responses vary dramatically and I’d say 90% of them are positive and encouraging.  I could go on and on about those responses as they have led to some pretty incredible conversations.

But the fears. . .they are interesting. . .here are some. . .

1. Are you worried about safety?  I don’t think it is safe for you to go and I will worry about you the whole time you are gone.
2. Why go to Kenya to help the poor?  Aren’t there enough people in the US to help?
3. What about your retirement?
4. How will you do this financially?  Did you win the lottery or are you independently wealthy?
5. What if you don’t have a job when you come back?

I happily talked through my perspective on each of these questions.  I do believe they are well-intentioned and carry some weight.  But I also believe these questions have more to do with what is going on in the question-askers lives than with mine.  And I refuse to take on other people’s fears.  I have plenty of my own to wrestle with.

Safety in Kenya.
The location of where I’ve been called.
Retirement.
Finances and Fundraising.
Jop opportunities upon my return.

These are not my fears.  I feel pretty confident these things will work out.

Why don’t I have these fears?  I trust God with these things.  All the other fears and insecurities that are scattered throughout this blog?  I’m still working on trusting God with those things.

Progress not Perfection.

I believe we are all beautiful works in progress and there will never be a time where we arrive at a place of perfection.

That being said, it is important to evaluate our fears.  Not just our own but the ones we internalize based on other’s opinions of what we are doing.

Are you taking on someone else’s fears?

Always Hopeful,

Colleen

 

 

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Comments

  1. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

    Can’t help but be impressed by how you’ve truly acted on God’s call instead of just thinking about it… inspiring!

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