I have often shared that part of the reason why I do what I do is because I just can't handle the thought of millions and millions of people needlessly suffering when just a little bit of guidance, encouragement or support could have made a difference. My entire life is seasoned with the various answers to those prayers that I've offered--answered in the form of the right person at the right time to say or do the perfect thing.
I realize that it may seem like all we do on this site is shed light on all of the bad news out there that gives us a sense of urgency to our cause; or perhaps this site can be a source of anxiety by illustrating that we have a hundred more things that we've just got to do, or to buy with strained resources, or BE in spite of disabilities. You could even say that this page can be nothing more than a thorn in our side that torments us with how much further we have to go. But the reality of all of this is why I'm convinced that the 1st Principle of Preparedness, Spiritual Preparedness, be a priority in all the things we do. We're not just saving our own lives, we are literally saving the lives of those we love now, those we may love in the future, and even those that we may never meet that God will choose to bless through our efforts today. This whole site is about doing what we can now so that we can BE the answer to our own prayers and those of others. I realize that the fulfillment of those needs can be overwhelming to all of us. And guess what? It's perfectly OK to take a step away when feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand and YES, I absolutely DO know what that feels like. But so long as I never tire of nurturing that relationship with Him, I know that I will never have to do any of this alone. Not today; not tomorrow; and not even when it appears that the world around me is completely falling apart and it appears that my efforts aren't anywhere near to being sufficient to stand against the destruction all around me.
The fact of the matter is, storing water, food, clothing, money, etc. is no match for a well-placed earthquake, house fire, or flood, right? In a matter of milli-seconds all of that effort can be nonexistent, right? So why do we do all that we do when everything can look so hopeless sometimes? My answer is because how things APPEAR are not necessarily how things actually ARE. The fact of the matter is, even if a hurricane were to send all of my tangible assets in every direction, I still have kept my very important part of a contract with a very important "Silent Partner" and even though I may not have anything to show for those tangible efforts someday, I can still have everything I'll need to fulfill my promises to Him.
This "Silent Partner" is a total game changer in the world that we see around us. He's better than Michael Jordan, Superman, Santa Claus, and Moses combined! More importantly, he's better than Atilla the Hun, Adolph Hitler, Emperor Hiruhito, The Joker, and satan himself--combined! And all that I do today to help myself and my fellowmen tomorrow binds Him to be my partner in conquering all of the mayhem around me today and until the end of time. All I have to do is my little tiny part.
I know, like so many of you, that even that little tiny part can feel like the weight of the world on our shoulders. I've experienced what it feels like to be truly hated, disappointed, flat out wrong, inadequate to the task, slandered, defamed, and abused in a myriad of ways. But in spite of all that, I still don't have to do it alone. I still get to have this "secret weapon" in my corner if I make room for Him.
Tonight I wanted to share with you this quick 5 minute video. It was created by the LDS church but it's certainly packed with a universal message for Christians all over. As I watched this video, that familiar lump in my throat came quickly, accompanied by big, embarrassing tears--not just because of my own struggles which tend to drown out the quiet communication with God, but the thought of seeing just a glimpse of the reality that many are struggling with their trials but attempting to do so without any "secret weapon" was just so sad to conceive. I already know He's there and yet I still have moments in which I wish the world would just swallow me up and give me rest. Imagine how much more lonely and how much more desperate one must feel if they have to face this overwhelming set of odds against them without the Hope that they can make it through?
It's my hope that through our efforts to strengthen our own Spiritual Preparedness that we can not only avoid being a casualty of this war between good and evil that will most certainly ensue and escalate beyond what any of us have imagined, but I hope that our efforts of Spiritual Preparedness now will be the tool by which we find and assist any others who aren't quite yet aware that they too have this same Super Partner by their side.
Yes, there are "Mountains to Climb" and promises to keep. Let's never forget who's on our side and that we're never doing this all alone.