The world around us is still intact yet many lives are devastated with the realities of brokenness. We live here on this earth in a “morally broken pain machine” as Dr. Bill Giovanetti calls it.
We are living amidst storms and rollercoasters… some we’ve knowingly went along for the ride, others are part of natural world and we’re less “prepared” than we’d like to be.
A few thoughts on the pandemic: Living through this pandemic, we’re all learning to process and grieve. We’ve lost something or someone. The stress-type that is out there with much change and uncertainty is known as “perpetual” stress and it’s the one liken to drippy faucet. We don’t see the amount of water dripping out of the faucet unless caught in a cup or a bowl and over-time.
I am moved by the ones who wear masks and are careful. My parents have seen too many loved ones unknowingly contract COVID, go through symptoms until it became an emergency and we’ve lost a few friends this way.
Masks. Not a political issues. See it this way: compassion in action. For the 15 minutes or the 1 hour we’re in the store for essentials, it is a barrier to keep us and others safe. In First Aide and Safety training we learn about protective barriers while performing CPR… we are NOT coming into contact mouth to mouth but OUT OF our mouth (and nose) are the particles in which others can be infected (if we are)… I urge all to see it as a way to look out for others.
Leadership and Power. No matter the role you are in from a “low” or bottom of the ladder role of a fast-food worker or a maintenance/service worker or cleaning person, you matter. Worth is innate in young and old, big and small, short and tall. Leaders in and out of uniform, with or without a title must operate in a way that communicates integrity, care and compassion… if a believer: do it in love, humility, kindness and a winsomeness that is led by the power of the Holy Spirit because we are new in Christ Jesus.
As we scroll through the socials… we can redeem the time because it is short. Many falter and lose hope–we can be agents of hope. We point to the goodness of God. We show love and accountability. Take the “breadcrumbs of God’s goodness” as Margaret Feinberg talks about in “More Power To You” and spread the hope! Let’s be beacons of God’s love and grace.
Christians, if you know Jesus: be salt and light. Limit your views to things trying to steal your affections and allegiance. Remember, we pledge allegiance to… The Cross of Jesus Christ.
Somethings to consider: ask yourself if what you are doing and saying is acting as an agent of care and compassion. In these unprecedented times, we don’t need to discuss if something is political but to view it in the lense of … is this what putting on “patience, kindness, humility and love” looks like?
*if you are in situations where you are a victim or experiencing toxic people, please don’t act of guilt but seek safe, helpful people. I recommend a professional counselor.