By Rev. Spencer Hardaway –
This pandemic has forced us to make drastic changes in our daily lives.
Schools have closed for the remainder of the year. Many businesses have completely shut down, while others have had to alter how they do business in order to remain open. The number of people filing for unemployment has skyrocketed into the stratosphere.
Some states have experienced far more devastation than others, yet every state and county has been touched by this outbreak. What can a person do when circumstances and situations are beyond one’s control?
A writer said the only thing we control in life is our attitude towards the experience. How do we turn a negative into a positive, or how do we look at the bright side?
The national news reported that, due to the reduced emissions from vehicles, major cities have less air pollution since this pandemic. Parents understand they now have a vital role in the education of their children. Families are sitting down and socializing with each other. People are treating others with kindness and respect. The Bible says, “Be kind to one another.” (Ephesians 4:32)
The Bible is replete with people that embrace the word of God turning their negative into positive. Here is a way to turn the word COVID-19 into a positive meaning. I do understand the seriousness of the coronavirus—but just think of the following acronym.
C: Centered on God—and find your center of gravity. Your center of gravity keeps you balanced to prevent you from tipping over from one side to another. “I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stay on thee, because he trusts in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3) Stay centered in the word of God.
O: Observe means to follow, remember, and obey as much as possible the policies and recommendation from health professionals. Remember the word of God. Do not live in fear but walk by faith. (Mark 11:23) Have faith in God.
V: Vigilant—be alert, be aware, think wisely. Stay connected with updated information, but do not become inundated with mortifying information. The word of God provides us hope and help. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)
I: Remember the Immutability of God: although everything will change, this pandemic has already changed our thinking and it will change how we conduct future activities. Jesus promised to be with us. “Surely I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)
D: Do! Be a doer of the word not just a hearer. (James 1:22) Do the work of an evangelist, offering comforting words to someone else. (2 Timothy 4:5) Let your light shine through your random acts of kindness. (Matthew 5:16) Do not grow weary in doing good.
19: Read Psalm 19.
Let the word of God change a negative into a positive. There is a bright side somewhere.
Keep the Faith and Stay Safe!