June 30
Ms. Ashlee O’Dell
The Bridge ARP Church
Simpsonville, SC

This past week, 31 teenagers from our church gave up a week of their summer to show love to
each other and to love and serve others in our community. The youth collected 910 pounds of
food for the hungry, bagged vegetables and non-perishables for those in need, delivered meals
to the elderly, made dinner and spent time with teens in situations that are different from their
own, loved young families in our community, served children who have been abused or
neglected, and even did some yard work for the church. The theme of their week was
“Fearless.” Fears could have stopped these teens – fear of what others will think when they
share the Gospel with them, fear of going to places and being with people that are not exactly
like them. The “what if’s” can be overwhelming. “What if we are laughed at?” “What if I get hurt?”
“What if I get sick?” But these youth took the “what if” fears and fought the fears with even
greater “what if’s.” “What if we give a meal to the homeless man we pass on the street?” “What
if we show love to teenagers just like us and through our love for them, show them Jesus?”
“What if us sharing the Gospel brings someone to Christ?”

Fears can be overwhelming. Zach Williams’s popular song, “Fear Is a Liar,” has the lyrics “Fear
he is a liar, He will rob your rest, Steal your happiness.” Fear can stop us in our tracks, but then
we miss out on the joy and peace of trusting. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow.” (Romans 15:13). But trust can be hard,
and fear seems to so easily creep up. How interesting is it that “Fear not!” is in the Bible around
365 times. It’s as if maybe God knew that we needed a reminder a day not to be afraid. A
reminder of who is on the throne, that His love will never end, and that He is with us wherever
we go. So may we, like these youth, boldly go into our cities, loving our neighbors and sharing
the Gospel, remembering that there is only One who is worthy of our fear: “For as high as the
heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11)

June 30, 2018

Faith in Action – Day 30

June 29, 2018

Faith in Action – Day 29

June 28, 2018

Faith in Action – Day 28