Updated: Mar 27, 2020
This is, without a doubt, the strangest season of life that I have ever experienced. When the virus first came to North America, I'll admit, I wasn't quite sure how to feel about it. Now that we are a few weeks in, I don't think I ever would've imagined anything quite like this. Every single one of us has been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or another. Some of us will continue to be impacted more than others. There are some very sad stories out there and unfortunately there is no end in sight at the present time. I do, however, want to make a few observations that will shed some light on some positives that I have witnessed.
1. We are all united in a common goal. It is not very often that people come together on ANYTHING. Here we are though. Not only agreeing that this virus is very serious, but we are all taking steps to achieve a common goal.
2. Greed is taking a backseat to compassion. How many business and organizations changed their plans to protect the health of their customers? These organizations are designed to be profitable, and during this crisis (even before the government stepped in) many of these companies took steps on their own to care for the needs of others before themselves. I've grown up in an age where money is king, but it is so refreshing to know that there are good people out there making good decisions for the sake of others.
3. People are making good use of their free time. We have all been hit with an abundance of free time and a lot of people are taking advantage. Many folks have put down their devices and are reading books, cleaning the house, going on walks, spending quality time with family, learning a new skill, and on and on. Good for us!
As this strange period of life continues, I pray that we can be a people that are part of the solution, not the problem. I pray that we will continue to take advantage of the time that God has given us to grow in areas that we desperately need it. When the Covid crisis is over (and it will be over) how will you look back and reflect on the experience?