What Has Happened So Far
On March 11th, 2020 the Coronavirus went viral not just as a health scare, but in the news as it became the cyclical headline everyone tuned in to watch.
We saw major sporting organizations shut down, such as the NBA announcing the pause of their season. The NCAA reacted likewise canceling their March Madness tournament. To put that in perspective, the NCAA tournament played through World War II, while both the Summer and Winter Olympics were canceled in 1940 and 1944.
Mask mandates such as this one in Nevada, where I live, were put into place, effectively changing the culture of our states and our nation overnight.
We became distanced not just socially, but emotionally, as public and private sectors advocated for 6ft of distancing between people.
Many businesses voluntarily shut down or were forced to due to safety concerns. Many will never come back.
By March 21st, a record number of 3.3 million people filed for unemployment, five times the amount at the same time frame in the Great Recession of 2009.
Places of worship were closed such as Churches, Temples, and Mosques, testing the powers of governors, the separation of church and state, and the ‘essentialness’ of religion.
Cities and countries went on lockdown, effectively ending travel and community time in many areas.
Just recently, vaccines have become more available creating a climate of disagreement and division as people discuss, disagree, and politicize whether to get vaccinated or not.
Churches, businesses, and communities only recently have begun to reopen in some places, with many choosing to venture out and many still choosing to stay home.
Can you believe we’ve survived this and haven’t (completely) lost our minds? Our resolve, our communities, our families, and our faith have all taken a beating.
You didn’t get a choice in any of this. In life, we will constantly have circumstances that aren’t of our choosing, but the good news is, we always get to choose our response. And right now, I think the response we need is to have a new beginning.
You do have that choice. You get to respond and to have a new life as we (hopefully) are coming to the end of the influence of the Coronavirus on our lives. But even if it’s here to stay for a bit longer, you can still have a new beginning, starting today. I’d like to give you three ways you can do that. They’re challenging, and maybe even a bit polarizing themselves, but they can help you build a new beginning for yourself and the people closest to you.
In order to do so, we’re going to get help from an incredible Old Testament leader who wanted a new life for himself and his people as he went through many of the same things we have: He was disconnected from people, locked down in a city, fragmented from His culture’s way of life, and upset enough to do something about it.
With him as our guide, let’s discover three ways to have a new beginning after COVID.