1. Don't Allow Confusion to Crowd Out Clarity
There is very little in our world that has not been shaken in some way by this. Science, schools, politics, family, and the church are suffering from confusion because of reports of “truth” that disagree with each other. Even worse, how someone feels seems to be more important than anything else.
If you travel out of state regularly, you know what I’m talking about. Every governor is giving different guidelines, making it impossible to keep up with the ever-changing list of “mandates,” “requirements,” and “recommendations” because they are inconsistent at best. For example, check out Grace Community Church’s recent experience in California.
As a result of this confusion, many leaders (especially church and ministry leaders) have lost any clarity in their vision and certainty of their purpose. Ministries, churches, and whole denominations have lost momentum and put their mission on hold because they are confused about who to listen to, which way to go, and what to do next.
2. Focus on Faith So it Isn't Replaced by Fear
One of the best life lessons that I learned from playing football in high school is that to be effective on the field, I have to forget about all the bad things that could happen and just play the game. In fact, if I played scared, I was more likely to get hurt. I’m not talking about being oblivious, I’m just talking about being courageous to do what I am supposed to be doing.
Now let’s get real. While it is statistically unlikely, you or a family member really could die from the coronavirus, couldn’t they? Yes. Just like you could die from a car accident, the flu, cancer, Ebola, a sports injury, and (in rare cases) slipping in the shower.
As a matter of fact, it is 100% guaranteed that you will die of something someday (probably sooner than you want). It has been that way since Adam and Eve ate that stinking piece of fruit in the Garden of Eden. That is what we mean by the “wages of sin is death.”
Living in reality is one thing—but being too afraid to live your life is another. A few months ago, that was called hypochondria; today it is called normal. Whether masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer dispensers are the right measures to take or not, nothing must keep us from worshiping God corporately, discipling others, serving the needy, and living our life on mission.
If we all stay home—who is going to care for the sick, feed the poor, serve the widows, bless the lonely, and love on others in all the ways that require human interaction and touch?
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