COVID19 And The Call For Community

If you were to have told me just a few weeks ago that COVID19 would be the reason I'd be "breaking my silence" on social media, I wouldn't have believed you.

But, when life gets turned completely upside down--it changes things.

I've felt a call to stand up. A sense of responsibility if you will. While as fearful and uncertain of a time it is--I hope these words will help to challenge your perspective on the pandemic and cause you to look at the shifts that are beginning to take place in our world.

Here are my thoughts and official "breaking of silence" that I shared on my Instagram from 3/17/20.

In the midst of the great chaos we are all experiencing I believe this pandemic is bringing us all together closer as a community and I believe great change (in so many ways) will be birthed from this experience.

We are literally "all in this together".

Never has there been a time like this in my generation. We're all wrapped up in a blanket that has both a side of fear and also comfort... a call of isolation yet still greater connection taking place.

What is this pandemic teaching you?

A big thing for me is even through uncertainty and fears the human race continues to be resilient. Yes, some are panicking... yes, some are acting incredibly selfish... but when you stop and look at the world as a whole there is a greater sense of responsibility, we all have for one another. And there is a thread of love that is intertwining all of us.

For the first time in my life, we are ALL being forced to reevaluate our lives, our values, and our choices. How will we choose to explain this worldwide pandemic to our children or future generations? Will we evoke fear? Is there hope from all of this? What is the greater lesson?

Yes, I believe life will never be the same after this. Life will never be the same because when all is said and done, I believe the world will be better at:

  • Recovering from any future global issue.

  • Detecting disease faster before it spreads.

  • Loving and appreciating family and friends more.

  • Getting plugged into online and offline communities.

  • Mastering the art of working from home.

  • Enjoying the safety and freedom that the great outdoors brings.

  • Managing fears and anxieties.

  • Controlling what you can control.

  • Deciding what steals our peace. And

  • Choosing to let our circumstances of life hold us back or project us forward...

If the world ended at any moment... would you be happy with where your priorities are? We are in a challenging time, but I believe we WILL recover from this as a nation and world and come back stronger and more equipped than before. I am not scared of the future.

As a Christian, I take comfort in my beliefs. I take comfort in knowing that no matter what happens I will never be separated from the love of God. I have great security in the Lord's presence and the peace it brings to my soul.

Isaiah 43 has been so prevalent for me this year. This morning I read it again and took comfort knowing that God will bring us through this time.

"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."

I hope this lengthy post brought some new perspective to you today. I hope this time of reclusion brings you comfort. And I hope you find peace in the chaos.

We're all in this together. Keep showing love. Offer a lending hand if you can, and trust that good things are coming from this.

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