I turn on the TV and there it is every day… “bad news”… “depressing news”… “Scary news.” Several years ago I changed my pattern with the news. I stopped watching it. I know it’s probably a little careless of me, but I have to tell you. Every time I turn the news on, something bad was on trying to scare me back into my bunker I dug before Y2K. I don’t know, I guess I’ll find out everything I need to on Facebook and the radio right?
So lately, I’ve had to field a few questions on current events. Mostly, my thoughts on international travel while ISIS is out and about and don’t forget the Ebola virus traveling throughout Africa… and of coarse there’s the usual things like Christian persecution and general health concerns while traveling into poverty stricken areas. Anyway, these questions are pertaining to my upcoming trip to Ethiopia in October. So here’s how the questions come:
Aren’t you scared to travel?
Answer: Not really.
I understand that I probably should be a little nervous. You can call it either bravery or simply naiveté. But either way, I can’t help but to think that God has this one in his hand and nothing will happen that doesn’t bring him glory and work out for His good since I’m doing this out of a calling to follow His purposes.
Plus: If it gets too bad… the airlines will shut down.
Is it responsible to go right now?
I’m actually heading there because of responsibility.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
You see, I believe that to much is given, much is required… and I’ve been given a lot and therefore, a lot is expected from me.
Ok, but why now?
Like a lot of people, I know that when I wait… I never get things done. The same is true with this. Why now? Because I know I have NOW. I’m not really all that sure about tomorrow. I’ve spent too much time daydreaming about doing great things for God. I’ve made so many plans… most of them over the past fifteen years have been 5 or 10 year plans… that I still am nowhere closer to completing.
Plus… if I try waiting until theres no risks – I’ll always be waiting and not doing.
Can you really make a difference?
Again, like a lot of other people I’ve decided to stop planning and just get going and start doing what I can. I’m not sure if I can do a lot of great things, but I know I can go help some kids in Ethiopia this October. I know I can give hope to a few kids who are Aids orphans and that seems pretty great to me.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
It’s not carelessness nor is it rocket science. It’s just trying to live a life that’s “Owned by God” and not by me.
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“Because he lives
I can face tomorrow
Because he lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because he lives”– Bill and Gloria Gaither
2012 Crime Rate
5,449 – violent crimes
24,350 – crimes to property
84 – murders
363 – Rapes
3,252 – Robberies
1,750 – Assaults
*This is Cleveland’s crime rate… and people are worried about traveling to Africa?