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Donnie2017 1KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

 

In times like this it is easy to focus on the bad news, whether it’s about the COVID-19 virus, or other earth-shaking news. But may I offer some suggestions about keeping things in perspective.

  1. Buy what you need, don’t hoard out of fear. I know it’s hard when you see a lot of other people cleaning off the shelves in the grocery store but try a little self-restraint. They are not going to close down the grocery stores. If you get sick and can’t go out, surely there are family members and friends who will be more than happy to get you food. If you don’t have family or friends to help, call the church, your Deacon, or your Pastor, we will help.
  2. Try a few days of news blackout! No, I’m not recommending sticking your head in the sand, but 24/7 of watching reports on what's bad in the world is enough to cause anyone depression, doom and gloom. So take a break from the news cycle and watch something comical like the old  Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy, or my personal favorite Hogan’s Heroes. You might be surprised how much better you feel.
  3. Concentrate on the good, not the bad. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of yesterday globally there are 292,142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12,784 deaths. “This flu season alone has sickened at least 19 million across the U.S. and led to 10,000 deaths and 180,000 hospitalizations.” (source CNBC February 4) That number has surely gone up since this report. You’re more likely to get the flu and die of the flu than the COVID-19 virus. So wash your hands, if you’re sick stay home, but in truth most of you will be just fine.
  4. Support local businesses and restaurants. Most of these are hurting, so buy something local if you can, and get some take-out for dinner. And while you’re at it give a generous tip to the struggling staff. When this is over, I want my favorite businesses and restaurants to still be in business.
  5. Most importantly, Trust in the Lord. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) This world is filled with troubles and trials, but as Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

I could add to this list, but you get the point. God is still in control and this crisis will pass. Just remember the sun is still shinning above the clouds.

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