We can prepare all we want, but it is just as important (or more) to think through how you will react when the unthinkable happens. People who are preparing usually have all the bases covered. Food, seeds, gardening tools, canning jars, lids, medical supplies, you name it and we’re collecting it. Many have gone back to basics, becoming or are self-reliant. But I would venture to say, not many have thought about actually defending themselves or their family. I’m sure most of you have guns and ammo, but having them and using them are very different things.
In all your preparations for difficult times ahead, how much have you prepared your heart? What happens when your neighbor comes to take what he can at gun point? Or a stranger? How do you deal with the idea of shooting someone to prevent them from killing you and taking your food stocks? If they ask nicely would it make a difference? What about the family members you warned numerous times? The ones who thought you were crazy. What do you do about them?
What if all the stores close down? Now you are dependent on what you have stored along with what you can grow. Will you share? What are you going to do to protect yourself and your family? Can you protect them?
Do you have a circle of family or friends who are like-minded and can band together with you? If you do, can you trust them with your life?
No one wants to think about these things. In a recent conversation, my husband was put on the spot when another man asked him if he would actually shoot someone who came to steal from him. His answer was yes. The other man was shocked. This was his response:
“The Bible tells me I’m responsible for my family first. So if I have excess, I will share. However, if what I have is all I’ll be able to get, I’d have to say no. If they wouldn’t take no for an answer, I’d have to defend myself and my family.”
I have written Flee to the Mountain a fictional story of a community of people who see difficult times ahead and prepare for them. They establish a small ranch completely self-sufficient and off grid. When chaos reigns and terrorist strike, they must pull together to survive.
Right now, this seems extreme, but it wouldn’t take much for it to become reality. All of the questions raised above need to be settled in your heart (and your spouse’s) before the situation arises. It is especially important where family is involved. These are life and death decisions. Your survival, and that of your family, might come down to the determinations you make right now. You are preparing because you believe something is on the horizon. I urge you to at least consider your options and discuss them with your loved ones. Don’t wait until a split second decision might put you or a loved one in grave danger.