As another installment of the Preparedness Quit Tip series, I wanted to talk about checking your attitude. As a member of a number of preparedness groups online, I can seew how current events can get some of those new to the preparedness movement spooked and scared. Sometimes that initial warning is a great motivator to get your home ready, but too often I see panic and nervousness and poor choices in the focus for the family.
Should we be concerned? Yes. Should we continue our preparedness plans in earnest? Always. Should we panic? Nope. Never.
And I’m going to admit fully – I get scared. I get worried of the uncertainty that life has, things that I can’t see ahead and can’t plan for, worried that I might miss something, that I might not have done enough, that I might have gotten it all wrong, that I might have wasted my time. But then I remember this – one of my favorite verses from the Bible speaks to this very thing: “Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
It’s been a verse that has helped us through periods of fearfulness in our young children, through times of uncertainty for our family in jobs and health, and during times of national tragedy and uncertainty in the world when fear and panic threaten to overcome. God’s provision is full, just and righteous. Take hold of that power and allow yourself to PREPare for your family and do so with courage. He did not give you a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound judgement (2 Timothy 1:7) Use it. Allow your knowledge to help you, don’t allow your fear to overcome.