Well, I don’t have to tell you about all of the mass hysteria that we have been witnessing every day over the past week or so because of this coronavirus pandemic. The cases are growing, fear is escalating, and the mainstream media is not making it any easier. Grocery stores can’t stock food fast enough, and what is with the mass bulk purchase of toilet paper? Here at CGE, we have taken a step back to observe life outside of the fear that can so easily overtake us. Amid the quarantine, there is a light at the end of this very distorted tunnel. Due to the need for quarantines, the shutting down of businesses and the mandatory work-from-home rules enforced by some employers, this could be an excellent opportunity for us to do one or all three things listed below:
Spending time with God: As I mentioned above, many people are panicking. COVID-19, as it is known, is a situation or a virus we’ve never dealt with in this country, at least not our generation, and understandably so, people are afraid. In the Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7 says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. This is a scripture that’s very comforting to me anytime I feel panic trying to lurk around the corner. I know that fear is not from God, so I don’t have to be overtaken by it. This faith that I have comes from time well spent with our Creator. Whether it’s reading His Word and meditating on it or prayer, talking to God on a daily basis does wonders for our spirit. So in this time where everything seems so uncertain and we have plenty of time on our hands, why not spend some time strengthening your relationship with God? If ever there’s a time where we need to be in communication with Him constantly, it’s now. I don’t know about you, but reading the word of God provides abundant comfort for my family and me during times of difficulty. And not only can we read it and have it serve as a source of support, but we can also pray it back to Him. “God, You said that You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind. I believe You for that, and I thank You.” That’s just an example of praying God’s word back to Him. His words are powerful and have an incredible effect on our lives once realized and vocalized!
Spending time with family: So, the kids are out of school, most of us are working from home, and mommy mode is pretty much 24/7 while this quarantine exists. We live in a time of fast pace moving parts, where kids are used to being chauffeured to a variety of activities, parents are working overtime, and the family as a whole are feeling like ships passing in the night. Although this quarantine is not for a positive reason, it can be used to create something positive and long-lasting. This time can be used for family bonding. From board games to starting a book club, or even talking about what’s going on in the world or their world, this time can be used to create moments and memories that you all can cherish for a lifetime.
Lending a helping hand to your neighbors: We’ve all heard the news; the elderly community and those who are immunocompromised are at a high risk of infection while this virus is spreading. These are the people who probably need our help the most right now. I saw a beautiful video online where a brother and sister violin-playing duo held a concert for an elderly woman in their neighborhood. It was the sweetest thing ever!
Now, I know you may not play the violin, but a trip to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or even taking out their trash could do wonders for those in need. So reach out to the people in your community who may need assistance at this time. Let’s try to do some things to make it better, whether it be for ourselves, our families, or our neighbors. It’s in times of crisis like this when our humanity can best shine!
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