We are living in interesting times right now. Life as we know it has really taken a turn with the spread of the dread Coronavirus which has the world talking and in turmoil. Like most people, I am concerned about the effect this is having – directly or indirectly to my family, community, economy, work etc. It seems that everyday things are getting worse. However, I choose to keep living – yes- I am living!! I am not allowing fear to control me or my family to the point that we are unable to live our lives fully. I am still leaving my house, meeting friends, eating out, going to church and doing what I’ve always done! Life goes on! It has to!
There are, however, 3 specific things I am doing right now:
- Living by faith – As anxiety increases. my faith has deepened. That’s not to suggest that there hasn’t been a bit of a tug of war between fear and faith. However, I am only too aware that both can’t co-exist. I, therefore, choose to focus and make this a time for reflection and finding my strength, hope and peace in God and being a beacon, leading others to Him.
- Living with wisdom – Living by faith doesn’t mean that I am devoid of common sense. I am listening to health experts and being cautious – washing my hands more often, my husband will now work from home every other week (as per his organisation’s strategy on the virus), spending less money on unnecessary things and making our money go further… We choose to operate in wisdom rather than fear!
- Living in community – We are in this TOGETHER! I am saddened that vulnerable people or those with low incomes, hospitals, care homes, food banks, etc. have very little access to supplies because we are stock-piling. I know we are afraid and want to provide for our families. However, give consideration to others. I bet there are many ways we can support our communities. I have signed up with the local church and community association to assist with checking up on most vulnerable people in my immediate community, to do shopping etc. I love this quote by Scott Sauls “In a time like now, Christian neighboring looks less like fearful self-preservation and more like servanthood toward the elderly, those with HIV, autoimmune disease, or no healthcare, fatigued and under-resourced healthcare workers, etc. Wash hands, for sure. Then, wash feet.” Love your neighbour as you love yourself!
How are you doing? What are you doing?
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