The following was borrowed from Max Dawson of the Dowlen Road Church of Christ in Beaumont, TX:
Today’s thoughts are suggested by Andy Sochor’s Plain Bible Teaching Podcast. Andy speaks of eight things that will help us during this health crisis.
1. Be Wise (Matthew 10:16). Exercise good judgment. Wash your hands. Watch for symptoms. Prepare yourself and your family with whatever you may need.
2. Be Harmless (Matthew 10:16). If you are sick, stay home. Be especially mindful of the elderly and those who have respiratory issues.
3. Be a Good Neighbor (Matthew 7:12). Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Don’t hoard or be rude to shoppers at Wal-Mart. Share with others.
4. Don’t Forget to Pray (Philippians 4:6-17). Pray for our nation and world. Pray for your brethren and family. Pray with thanksgiving; that promotes the peace that passes understanding. Pray believing that God will help us--as He always does.
5. Don’t Be Naïve (Proverbs 14:15). Don’t believe everything you hear. Conspiracy theories and rumors abound. People often act and speak irrationally in times like these.
6. Don’t Worry about Tomorrow (Matthew 6:33-34). Worry accomplishes nothing. This doesn’t mean you should be unconcerned. Plan and prepare; do what is essential today.
7. Don’t Live in Fear (2 Timothy 1:7). We don’t know the future, but we know Him who holds the future. People without God may have reason to fear. We do not. God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
8. Live with a View to Eternity (Colossians 3:1-2). This world is not our home. We are just passing through. Don’t lose sight of what is truly important. All that really matters in the end is that we reach our eternal destination.
We have made it this far by our faith. We will make it through the current crisis as well. By faith, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37).
We are going to be OK. We really are.