Sitting in Church today and listening to my pastor Philip R Griffin talk about being “confident” and why and how we can misplace our confidence I had a “God Moment”.
Philip talked about how we can misplace our confidence in many things. Titles, education, rituals and good works can all give us false confidence in ourselves. But that confidence really means little when it all comes down to it. I then thought about what I wrote last night about training and being able to handle the fear and stress of a critical incident and the possibility of being hurt or worse, killed.
That is when sitting there listening to Philip I realized why I do not fear these types of situations. Yes, my training and experience have helped me as far as the response and actions to take in those situations, and the repeated mental conditioning has also helped tremendously. But when it came down to it and I thought about it in the light of my faith, I realized I felt confident and able to handle these situations without much fear because of my trust in my faith and Jesus Christ and his promise. I realized it is because I do not fear death like I used to before coming to my faith and Jesus Christ..
Of course, I do not want to die. I especially do not like pain any more than I need to have for life, and I have had my share of pain. But I also realize that ultimately if I were to be killed, in an active shooter situation or any other way, I am OK with that as long as I was acting in accordance with my faith and my beliefs and trying to defend my fellow man. Christ has given me the calm, steady mind that I need to handle these situations. He grants me the quite calm thought process that is vital in emergency situations.
As I sat there today and realized with even more clarity and calmness, that because of my faith in the word of God and my unshakable belief in Jesus Christ, I truly do not fear any evil.
After the service, I walked around looking at some of my fellow church members, and one of our elders and man of God Dr. Steven Jones was standing not far away. So I walked up and talked to him about this very revelation. That is when he just confirmed for me what I was thinking. Dr. Jones simply said he sees me sitting in front of him with the earpiece to our security radios. And he thinks to himself if something tragic like a mass murderer were to come in, he would push his family to the ground and then like me, confront and defend his family. And he went on to voice exactly what I have said here. He has no fear of dying in that case as he knows his faith is unshakable, and he knows his ultimate destination is to be with Jesus Christ. I thank him for his honesty and his faith.
So why do I voice this publically here? Because I think that if you think you know how you will react in an emergency, it is even better to know why you will react the way you will. Mine is my utter and unshakable belief in Jesus Christ and that death has no hold over me. I will not be reckless or easily throw it away, but I know in no uncertain terms, my faith is my shield against the fear that many have and cannot overcome.
Thank you for reading this, and if you ever want to discuss my faith, or yours, please feel free to call, message, or email me and we will talk about it all you want. I can’t think of any better topic that makes a person ready to face life and death situations than having that God confidence in your corner.
Oh and thank you Philip, for being the man of God that I need in my life and a great example for others to look to. If you are looking for a church in the Gainesville area, The Family Church is a great place of God not just a “church”.