I’m hopeful. I’m confident in my future. I’m honestly not afraid. For myself.
Most of my social media “friends” share common values with me. That’s just how it goes, right? While there are a handful of peeps that I disagree with politically or others who use the flowery language I stopped using years ago, like most people, I tend to gravitate towards those I would enjoy doing life with.
BUT…I don’t live in a bubble, and frankly, I don’t believe my faith dictates that I do. In fact Jesus’ example was pretty clear to step from my comfort zone and approach all people with open arms. Even if we don’t see eye to eye. Maybe even because we don’t see eye to eye.
I’ve seen lots of posts this week about COVID-19 and because the majority of my online friends share the same faith I do, I’ve seen lots of encouragement and scripture as I’ve scrolled.
And I LOVE it! It’s what we should do and I have been and will continue to do it myself.
However, I know people are scared. I know people are struggling.
If you are a believer in Jesus as I am, you know that the enemy does some of his best work when we are isolated from others who share our faith.
That’s why your local church leaders and pastors are so burdened for you right now.
The Bible tells us “do not fear”…but fear is a natural reaction and we are human. It’s how we handle our fears that tells the story of who we really are.
I believe admitting when we’re scared isn’t a testament to weak faith but rather an expression of our need for comfort and encouragement. And if we will use these opportunities to lean into God just a little closer, He’ll show us more of Himself and teach us a more about who we are.
What’s going on in your space of quarantine? What’s going on in your heart?
How can we pray for each other?
Here is a safe place if you would like to share.
We all have something that is lingering in our minds about the unknowns of this season. And yes, it is a season. It will pass.
So tell me, what are you afraid of?
I vow to say a prayer for you and help in the coming days to combat those fears with scripture and a little laughter (there are some great memes floating around right now!).
So don’t hold it in.
Bringing our fears to light oftentimes removes any power they have over us.
If you have concerns that are weighing you down about all of this, drop them in the comments below. Release them. Leave them there. Then, follow it up with something your thankful for today…because there is always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
I’ll start. Ready…go!