Now more than ever the world needs encouragement.
Stocks have been plummeting. Schools are closing. Employees are working remotely if they can. Sports and other events are cancelled. Travel has been abandoned. Toilet paper rolls and loaves of bread have vanished from the shelves. Bottled water can be as hard to find as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The world is having quite the scare. At the heart of it all is the spread of the coronavirus.
I’m not going to give my opinion on any of the above. I’m no expert in economics, and I’m not a medical professional. But whether you are in a tailspin of desperation or one who is trying your best to stay positive, the fact is that it hurts. It’s hurting everyone in some way.
But I just want to check in with you for a minute and remind you that if you are worrying over this, remember that this will pass. We will be affected by it. Some people may even be forever changed by it…but think on this: The bible says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).”
I understand there are people who don’t believe in God or Jesus, but I do. And the bible is my owner’s manual on life. God commands us not to be afraid and to trust in Him, so I ‘m going to work on not being afraid. Trusting someone isn’t always easy, even when it comes to trusting our God and Savior, honestly. But we can surely try.
There have been stretches of time in my past when I have not been able to shake the fear…when I’ve sat in hotel rooms or airplanes and worried I may die. There have been seasons in my life when I’ve not been able to sleep because I feared I might have some horrible disease. I’ve watched parents and grandparents suffer with illness and have felt helpless because I couldn’t make things better for them.
Fear is a beast. And in this world crisis, I’m not going to let it win.
We have no control over some things. It is those things we need to let go of so that we can truly live. The things we do have control over we can be smart about and make good choices. In the meantime, we don’t need to allow fear to put us in a headlock where we find ourselves forgetting to be kind to others. Wrestle with the fear and win. Or better yet, don’t even give it the satisfaction of showing up to the fight. We’ve got this.
Be wise. Be courageous. Be kind.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? -Matthew 6:25-27