The speaker for the weekend was Shanna Decker. She shared her story of going through fear and uncertainty with cancer as a child. She made very good points for these teenagers to understand about how they should view the world. Ms. Decker started by talking about the influence fear has in our lives. As we experience fear in our lives, it fluently has an effect on our thought process. Fear starts to transform how you view the world around you. A person becomes more hesitant as old fears come back. Anxiety and frustrations arise as the fear builds. Fear then starts to dictate how a person is going to act. Fear of abandonment or embarrassment brings hate and resentment. It stops us in our tracks as we try to go forward.
Because of this, Ms. Decker pointed out, our fear leads us to work to control every part of our lives. It can be an easy mindset to think if I just have this, or if I'm simply good a that, then I will be OK. But, as Christians we have to come to the realization that we can't control everything. God is the one in control. He is the one with the plans that we can't see or understand. Most of the time we don't get why things happen. The God of heaven and Earth knows why they happen, and we have to trust in Him above it all.
As the teenagers around us struggle with their fears of acceptance, missing out, having a true purpose, losing a loved one, making a life-changing mistake, or anything else a teen mind can come up with, we can assure them of God's strength and foresight. We can trust in Him. God, through Jesus Christ, took away sin, death, and eternal damnation for us. There is nothing else that comes close to that. While their fears are real and big, they are not insurmountable. Fear tears us away to a world of unknown what-ifs, but trust in Christ allows us to face the world in front of us, knowing His grace and power will see us through it all.
Check out Shanna Decker here!