Counting Our Blessings

We can spend our time counting our dead or we can spend it counting our blessings.

We can spend our time counting our dead or we can spend it counting our blessings.

About six months ago, I made a personal decision to stop watching pandemic news, Covid death-trackers, debates over shutdowns, mask and vaccine efficacy, etc. (no judgment against those who continue to do so). I clearly remember the day and the people to whom I wrote, letting them know I was done. I could no longer allow anticipation of what an unknown virus MIGHT do in my community to have a greater influence than the anticipation of what a KNOWN God is going to do in me and in my community. He is a God of HOPE in the midst of despair.

I could no longer allow anticipation of what an unknown virus MIGHT do in my community to have a greater influence than the anticipation of what a KNOWN God is going to do in me and in my community. He is a God of HOPE in the midst of despair.

Too many from all walks of life and all perspectives have put life and ministry on a shelf for a year now. But, there’s no pandemic clause in Scripture. As a matter of fact, we learn from world history that it was followers of the ways of Jesus who risked everything to care for the sick and dying in past pandemics while family and friends abandoned them…leaving them to die alone.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV

Regardless of your current health condition, your age, your politics, your mask or social distancing preferences, your anxiety levels – as a child of God, today you can leverage who you are and what you’ve been given to live out the Gospel, to share and embody the Good News of a Great King, to love others well and to minister to the least of these — so others may hear…AND live!

For some, this might mean being more creative, learning to be more present in a digital environment, doing something that you’re not good at or don’t really like to do. For others, it might just mean getting off your soap box and loving people well in the moment.

Too many people have seen the pandemic as something that has tied their hands or given them an excuse to avoid people. Today, you can see it as an opportunity to exalt Jesus and His message of eternal hope through grace and mercy. In a day where there is no end to the number of ways we can communicate, we really have no excuse for focusing inward, being withdrawn and silent while the enemy propagates a false narrative.

Don’t talk about it…BE about it. Live the Gospel out loud for the whole world to hear. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Don’t talk about it…BE about it.

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