As we reach DAY 6 of the unprecedented and historic "Extended Spring Break" of 2020, I want to extend my love and support to everyone who finds themselves in such an unexpected event in world history. I am in NO WAY making fun of this crisis and I am in NO WAY being glib or disrespectful to those families suffering loss or in crisis. As a retired history teacher, I am anxious to see how history will record this event in the years to come.
I refer to this event as the "Extended Spring Break" because I believe that most people have reach a breaking point of hearing the terms COVID-19 or Coronavirus Crisis. If this offends you, I sincerely apologize. My intention is not to offend, but to be anti-gloom & doom. I have been encouraged by friends and family who have sent messages, videos, Facebook posts, etc. that are encouraging and uplifting.
I KNOW this is serious...I know all too well! I have to live with that every day, but LIFE GOES ON! So, my faith in Jesus Christ is what is keeping my spirits up...by relying on the fact that there is nothing that can happen to me or my family that faith in Christ will not overcome. My wife and I are finding great comfort in having extra time to spend together and encouraging each other. Because of this, we have been able to help some people in need in our neighborhood and community who encountered some issues. A huge shout out to our Northwood Church small group (LOVE YOU GUYS) and our neighbor James Todd for their help this week.
I don't mention this to be self-serving...I mention it because I believe everyone has an opportunity right now to be a help to someone who may be unable or unwilling to ask for it. If there's someone in your neighborhood who is elderly, or has health issues, or is unable to cut their own lawn, or take our their garbage, why not go do it for them? If you have to go to the store, ask your neighbor if they need you to pick something up for them. Who would have EVER thought that there would be outright brawls over toilet paper??? Maybe they just want you to pray for them! Just think about other's need when you address your own. It doesn't require close personal contact with anyone to do these simple little things, and it may impact someone more that you will ever know.
I'm not trying to be "preachy" folks. I just know that EVERYONE, whether they want to believe it or not, is being impacted by this event. Even if you don't get sick, even if your family goes unaffected, that doesn't mean that you aren't a part of this. You can still be a positive resource for your family, your neighborhood, your community, but more importantly, you can be a witness to the Faith & Love of Jesus.
During this time, I my heart's desire is to do whatever I can to be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit and look for opportunity to be a resource of help and love for my fellow man. When this over and past, when we all look back on this "event" and reflect on what happened, or how we were effected, what will you be thinking about? Were you an asset or a detriment to your community? I pray that you are able to say...I did what I could!!!
PEACE & LOVE
Husband, father, sinner saved by the Grace of God, old teacher, wood-worker, bad golfer, USM Golden Eagle (forever) and MSU Bulldog lover (It's a daughter thing)