There seems to be a lot of division lately with how things will play out in our day to day lives. People seem to be upset about whether or not they are required to wear a face mask when they go into a store. Some people believe they live in a bubble and don’t think their actions impact others, or the actions of others will affect them, but they do. Some folks don’t like being told what to do, even though there are laws given to us by man and by God that are supposed to keep us safe. We have all seen what happens to us or others when we don’t abide by those laws very well. People are in an uproar about what things will look like when kids return to schools in the next few weeks. The people who make these decisions in our communities and places we live and work are going to hear it from both sides, no matter what the decisions they make. A lot of this anger and uncertainty is based in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of an unseen virus, fear of having to change our way of living a little or a lot. Honestly things could be a lot worse, but people also want to ‘get back to normal’, whatever that may look like. What has been your greatest struggle in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis?
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Back when I started working a new job years ago, I was frustrated by a few things, unreasonable expectations, and some of my own limitations in completing parts of my job. I was a relatively young Christian at the time, but my faith and trust in the Lord was likely even greater than what it is now, if that is possible. I got so fed up with things, occasionally I would come to the resolution and ask, what’s the worst that could happen here, and often it would be “I could get fired”, or “I would have to move back home”, or something along those lines. Then I would ask if I could still live with that, and I would say yes. The ‘Worst Case’ did not often play out, but it helped me to put the situation I was dealing with into a better perspective and not get so worked up about things. Even though I may not always be equipped to do a job perfectly, it still gets done, and hopefully I learn from the experience. Learn humility, learn to do the task better, learn how to avoid distractions and pitfalls along the way. Learn how to trust the Lord more in every circumstance. How we deal with challenges and our own limitations tells us a lot about how we are trusting the Lord in any and every situation we face. May we all continue to learn and grow from every challenge we face!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Yours in Christ,