Facing Giants

Every difficult situation in our lives can either turn into a giant that we can’t defeat, or a ladder that brings us to success.

We often get frustrated because it seems that there is a reality that we cannot change. But the decision is always in our hands: give up, or face the situation knowing that God has given us a warrior spirit, so that it is not us but him encouraging us to keep fighting.

Related to this, there are two stories I want to share with you. Gerson Eliezer, 14 years old, is a guy who never met his father and has only lived with his mother; who since he was a baby has been taken care of by his sister or other family members because his mother has worked to take care of the family’s expenses. In January of this year, Gerson started as a Leader-in-Training (LJA) and did an incredible job with dedication, responsibility, leadership, and a positive attitude that has impacted me, especially since a lot of youth like him go through similar situations but decide to cling to a negative attitude and take up bad habits or get involved in gangs. This inspires me to face the giants in my life and know that God expects me to have faith in him and a positive attitude, trusting that he will give me the victory.

Another of our exemplary youth with a warrior spirit is Kenerson. Like Gerson, he is 14 years old. His house is divided because of his father’s alcoholism, and this produces other difficulties. His mother constantly has to take them away to live with their grandmother. However, Kenerson faces the situation and puts forth even more effort. He has a 95 percent average in school, and his work in camp is incredible. He shows himself to be very responsible, dynamic, and able to take initiative.

In our program, these two guys receive mentoring, spiritual and leadership formation, and academic scholarships. They will be leaders who, although their current reality is hard, tomorrow when they have to face another situation, they will say like David when he fought against Goliath: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it” (1 Samuel 17:34-35).

God is preparing these youth now to affect their generation in a powerful way. The circumstances should never define the destiny that God has for us. Every morning we may have huge challenges ahead of us, but we are never alone; the greatest Giant goes with us and we will be ready to face our lows emotionally, spiritually, economically, or whatever the case may be. I am sure that we will conquer them and we will be the titans that God hopes to see here on earth.

 

Dionicio Hernández - Youth Program Assistant Director