Conquering Fear and Excuses
Updated: Jan 21
Has God ever asked you to do something that was out of your comfort zone? How did you respond? Sometimes we start giving excuses as to why we can’t do something God has asked us to do. Excuses are just code for, we are afraid to do it.
Moses gave God several excuses as to why he couldn’t lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. One of those excuses can be found in Exodus 3:11, “who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
I love God’s response. “Certainly, I will be with thee.”
For me, overcoming the loss of my wife has been and still is a big hurdle for me. When I heard about the Spring Break Georgia mission trip, God told me to GO on this trip. I was excited but then I thought, how can I do any kind of ministry without my wife? For 28 years we had been married and she had always been a part of my ministry.
I had no idea what was in store for me but I looked forward to going on my first mission trip and seeing what God was going to do. So I packed my bags and loaded my stuff into Pastor Karl’s, aka Pastor Bill Smith’s, car. I will let you ask Pastor Karl about that.
The night we arrived, our team met with and ate with One Hope Church. I met several people but one person, in particular, stuck out. The gentleman’s name is Caleb and he goes to Kennesaw University, the university close to where we stayed. I was able to share the Gospel with him. He was close to being saved but he wasn’t quite ready. Pastor Dave Huffman joined the conversation and he and Caleb agreed to have Bible study together. Please keep praying for Caleb and his sister, Keshawna.
That night, I also met Pastor Greg Huffman. He is Pastor Dave’s dad. Pastor Greg lost his wife a few months ago. He and I struck up a conversation and I was able to relate to and hopefully help Pastor Greg deal with the loss of his wife. It amazes me how God orchestrates everything. I realized that God had me in Georgia for this very reason.
The next day, our team (Pastor Karl, Eddie, Jennifer, Noah, and myself,) came along side Pastor Dave and his wife Kim to help serve breakfast to the staff at the school they meet in. Later, we did some yard work at the school and hung the One Hope Church banner on one of the brick walls on the outside of the school.
Saturday, we had the opportunity to cook and serve the food for Pastor Dave and Kim’s son’s soccer team and some of the community. Sunday, we were able to share our testimonies with One Hope Church and fellowship with them again before we left. Several people wanted to know when we were coming back.
I am so thankful that I went. God certainly was with me and the rest of the team. I praise God for what he did and is doing. God taught me He would be with me as I obey and serve Him.
Has God ever asked you to do something that was out of your comfort zone? How did you respond? Sometimes we start giving excuses as to why we can’t do something God has asked us to do. Excuses are just a code word for, we are afraid to do it.do it.o it. it.