A Perfect Storm: Bringing Out the Best or Worst in Us
Stress can bring out the worst in people.
Stress due to uncertainty.
Stress caused by interruptions.
And when a global health crisis of an undetermined duration causes job losses and interrupts our routines, the result is a perfect storm.
The result is also a perfect opportunity for Christians to shine…or not.
So how are we doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Are we living out these words of Jesus: “I was sick and you looked after me” (Matthew 25:36 NIV)? That’s what thousands upon thousands of health care workers are doing today.
Are we living out these words of the second-century theologian, Tertullian: “Look . . . how they love one another . . . and how they are ready to die for each other.” Or are we fighting over rolls of toilet paper?
Are we living wisely with faith in the Lord’s care? Or are we flaunting wise counsel to “social distance,” thereby violating Jesus’s words, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7 NIV)?
Are we honoring the words of John the Baptist: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same” (Luke 3:11 NIV)? Or are we hoarding bottles of hand sanitizer?
And are we living out the apostle Paul’s words: “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:4 NIV)? Or are we reaching out to the vulnerable among us? Those who are frightened, isolated, or elderly and who need a word of encouragement?
How we respond to the COVID-19 crisis may look different for each of us depending on our circumstances, our families, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
This pandemic has the potential to bring out the best in us or the worst in us. How will you and I weather this perfect storm?