The Virus Effect

The Virus Effect

I tell my kids this all the time, that whatever you do and how you do affects everyone else in the world. We can learn a lot from this virus about ourselves and others around us. And we have been forced into a great opportunity to help figure that out. God made each of us with very unique qualities, although we may be alike in many ways each one of us holds a particular piece of the puzzle for the master plan God has for His kingdom. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing can change the lives of someone around you instantly.

We are seeing this today with this Covid-19 virus (coronavirus), that just being around someone can infect them without ever knowing who or how. Daily, as I am driving to the office or to the store, always praying, I think about when an accident happens how it snowballs down to so many, not just locally, but all around the world. Living in Columbus, OH we have a lot of traffic at times and when one person decides to stop paying attention and gets in an accident they hurt themselves and their family members. If another car is involved they just hijacked another life by slowing them down and causing them to take their time and resources to fix everything. Then traffic starts slowing down and eventually comes to a complete stop and the thousands of other people on the road have just had their life delayed. This snowball effect then goes into the places these people were going whether to work or the store, to pick someone up or make a delivery. It delays delivery drivers hauling toilet paper and delivery times that people and companies were depending on, meetings that people needed to be in, income is lost because they are late for work, and so on. This one little instance that happened on a road in Columbus Ohio now has impacted thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people across the world.

By making the choice to pay attention and think about others more than yourself can make, build, or destroy the world around you. We have watched this virus spread from China to the ends of the earth unknowingly at first then knowingly people made choices that allowed it to spread. Now most of the world is on lockdown with the stay at home orders that have been placed throughout many countries and people are making choices not to obey their governments and allowing the virus to spread even more. Trust God, you hear some say as they disregard their government because it made life inconvenient for them. When, if you step back, you see that God has given us warnings, options, and a way to keep us safe from this virus spreading further. Not to mention that the bible says to obey the government (Romans 13, 1 Peter 2). At what point are you testing God. 

“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Life is a very precious thing and bad choices are killing people. Even though we are in our own little bubble, thinking locally, or in our own little world, we need to think of the effects it has on a global scale. Like this little virus that started in a small area and quickly has spread throughout the world so do our daily choices. If we think outside of the box, humble ourselves and view life through the eyes of, how will my action today affect others and the future, we can change lives for the better, we can build up instead of tearing down. We can bless and not curse. We can spread life, not death.

Father, Forgive us for being a selfish generation that thinks only of themselves. Help me to be humble and think of others before ourselves. Help me to know your will for our life and continually guide us each and every step and breath we take. Your amazing plan is what I want mine to be. Your kingdom come Your will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven. Help us to see others the way You do and walk humbly before You and man that they may see You in me. In Jesus’ precious and mighty name. Amen!

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