So why do I not fear for my brother's life or safety when he is in an obvious war zone. Because dear reader fear and faith inherently cancel each other out. I can't have faith in the same heart over the same thoughts or concerns if there is fear there. It's just not possible..
So how did I obtain this faith over fear mentality you ask...I'll tell you.
- First: I thought about what was the worst possible scenario I let all the emotions that would come with it play out. Thought about what I would have to do in my life if that happened and let the fear and sorrow run its course. Now granted if that worst case does happen I'll still feel the same but I'll also be prepared and therefore will have a game plan of what is expected and be able to offer support and guidance to those that will need it in that moment. I have applied this kind of mentality to different trials in my life and I can confidently say out of multiple times I have only had the worst case happen once.
- Second: I helped raise this man. I know him. He is witty, strong and intelligent. I remember when he went through all his training and the resilience he showed. He has been trained to do this. This man knew how to feed himself and run a microwave before he could count. Why was that? Because his lazy baby sitting sister wouldn't get off the phone so it was feed yourself or starve. He has a spirit of loyalty and survival.
- Third: I've seen his platoon around him. My brother didn't leave right away with his comrades and I've seen the bond between them and I have faith in that.
- Finally: I have an unyielding faith in my religion. I know that my ways are not His ways and everything is eternal.