There are two words that are NOT on the list of the fruit of the Spirit but the American Church seems to think they are. Those false fruit, really weeds, are security and comfort. God, Jesus, the Scriptures never promise security and comfort in this life.
Oh my how we Americans idolize security and comfort.
The hardest part about going to Haiti was not the money or the time away from family (though those were hard too). It was the crazy look I got when I told people I’m going to Haiti AND so is my 13yo daughter (at the time). We had 24 people in our church interested in going to Haiti. But most dropped out because they didn’t know if they could handle the trip (and others because of cost and time away, etc.).
Some parents forbid their teenagers from coming. “What if there’s a health emergency? What if there is political unrest or an earthquake or cholera?” Haitians (and so many around the world) who deal with those things all the time. Why do we think we should never experience “potential” problems? Because we’ve worshiped a false god of security and comfort. We’ve forgotten these words of Jesus…
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
I’m tired of worshiping those gods. I don’t want to bow before them anymore even though I’m back in the States. I do want to remain in a place of God’s provision that FEARS NOTHING. I pray the same for you. Since going to Haiti with my daughter (at 13yo), we returned when she was 15 and plan on going again when she’s 17.