I am shocked at how quickly the world slowed down. In a matter of days we went from normal life, to schools being closed down and everyone being told to stay at home and away from large gatherings. I think in our day we’ve all seen too many post-apocalyptic movies for our own good. Surely the robots will be taking over soon and the zombies will arise, or maybe not. Maybe in a week, or a month, or a few months life will get back to normal. In the mean time, how should we as Christians respond to this virus and the time we have set away from our normal routines? How do we honor God while we wait? Here are just a few ideas.
Get Margin – You have been too busy! God has given you a slow down that you wouldn’t take on your own but you needed. Talk to you spouse. Play board games with your kids. Read more. Read your Bible.
Pray! The Southern Baptist Convention and the President have both called for specific times of prayer. You have time! Pray!!!!
Trust God. People panic out of fear. This is where we as people of faith should be different. We do not fear because we believe that God is in control. The Bible tells us over and over again not to fear. Our calm spirit points others to our faith in God. They may just want to know a God that can give them the same level of peace.
HELP!!! If you take a quick look back at history you will see that every great plague or war or natural disaster the first responders have always been the people of God. We step in and step up when others are focusing on self-preservation. None of us know how widespread this virus will be in our nation but we do know that there will be people who need help. Jesus didn’t run from sick people. He helped them and so should we. Here are a couple of practical things you can do:
Check on the seniors that you know. It’s clear this virus is more dangerous for seniors than anyone else, especially if they have some preexisting conditions. If you have a neighbor or family member that is in that age category, call them and see if there is anything they need that you can bring to them and drop off at their door. Many seniors may not be aware of how to order Amazon fresh and they may need some help.
Childcare – With the schools being closed there are kids everywhere and some parents will not get a paycheck unless they go to work. They need help taking care of their children while they work. If you are able, then volunteer to help.
Money – There are those who will not be able to work because their workplace may be shut down and cannot pay them. They may need some real financial help to make it through. If you have more than enough then offer to help. If have food, share it. If you have toilet paper and your neighbor doesn’t, then give them a roll.
Help the Helpers – There are those in our community that are paid to be on the front lines fighting this virus. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers and others are the ones who will be working round the clock to end this pandemic. Look for opportunities to thank and bless these workers. Pray for them.
Share the Hope of Jesus. When people are afraid or anxious they need hope. Tell them of the hope you have in Jesus.
Don’t buy into panic. You will see huge lines at the grocery store. Don’t fight over toilet paper. Don’t push. Be patient. Thank the grocery store workers who are surely tired and over worked.
Get the things done at home that you have not had time to do. Do you have a closet that you have needed to clean for 2 years that you have never had time for? Do it! Make a list of the stuff you have been avoiding at your house and make it happen.
What would you add to my list? I would love to hear it.