Everyone has something they’re afraid of.
Some people fear snakes or spiders. Others are afraid of heights or commitment.
I have to admit that I’ve been afraid on several occasions. But, this last fear was the worst!
I was afraid of teaching a religion class.
It’s odd since I volunteered to teach religion, or Youth Faith Formation, to the 7th graders at my church.
But, in my mind, I came up with more than a dozen reasons why it wouldn’t work out.
I usually only work with primary school children.
The Youth Faith Formation minister at my church won’t like me.
I’m not really that grounded in my faith.
I don’t have the patience.
I’m already on another committee at my parish.
The children won’t listen to me, anyway.
And believe it or not, the list went on. And on.
I realized I was already talking myself out of this before I met the other instructors, the students, and their families.
I had to at least try before I came to the conclusion that this wasn’t a good fit.
And then a thought flashed through my mind: I wasn’t in bad company.
Moses was called by God to remove the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. But, Moses was hesitant to accept this task, telling God he was unqualified.
This sounded a little familiar to me.
I definitely don’t think I’m on the same level as Moses. But, God calls the qualified, in spite of how we feel.
When we’re lost or fearful He wants us to lean on Him for direction and guidance.
I’m sure that we’ve all had times of fear and doubt, especially in the beginning of a transition. And it’s expressed so beautifully in Scripture that God is with us no matter what:
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
At this time Youth Faith Formation classes start on 8 September and I’ll be working with two other instructors and 22 seventh graders! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty nervous, but I’m up keeping a positive attitude.
And He knows I’m up for it, too.