Updated: Sep 14
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. – Phil. 4:8
I would not consider myself to be the example of good hygiene. In fact, no one who knows me would either. I don’t think of myself as a dirty person (others might), but I certainly am not the cleanest person I know. Unfortunately, there are plenty examples I could provide, but I will spare you those in hopes to still have some friends after this is written. Although, I do acknowledge my lack of desire to cultivate strong hygiene habits.
Even with my lack luster drive for cleanliness, the current pandemic of COVID - 19 has dictated a sudden change of pace for me in that regard. Think what you want about the severity of the virus, but I am officially on board the “don’t touch, come near or even look at me for fear you might infect me” train. To be quite honest, I don’t recall the frequency I washed my hands before this pandemic, but I do know now I do it every hour, on the hour – for the full 30 seconds.
Knowing this, I am not unlike most people in the world. Thanks to the media hysteria, we all understand how contagious this disease is and take all necessary precautions to not catch it. In fact, the CDC has confirmed that if someone who is infected sneezes on, I don’t know, something like a grocery cart then those germs can exist there for days at a time. Just waiting for some unsuspecting and un-sanitized person to rest their hand on the cart, touch their face and become infected themselves. Wipe down your carts people - this disease is extremely contagious.
Even with that fact, there is something more contagious than the Coronavirus; much more contagious. It’s sweeping the world, infecting people in the masses. Millions, maybe even billions have contracted this sickness. This devastating disease is called: fear and it’s being caught by more and more people every day. Spread through news outlets, social media and negative conversations, it continues to run rampant all over the globe. Symptoms include: a bad attitude, anxiety/depression, financial deficits (Probably shouldn’t have cashed out that mutual fund), and even premature death. Fear is driving millions of people to a bad destination – with no U-Turns in sight. Caution: fear is dangerous and extremely contagious.
Fortunately, as contagious as fear is, so is faith. Don’t let the alliteration dull the power of the principle. As easy as it is for fear to spread, faith can do the same. Faith is not a sickness though – it’s a remedy. It comes to cure and fix the fallout from fear. It is the vaccine for a world that, in this moment, is perpetually anxious, discouraged and negative. It’s the hope in things unseen. It is the perspective that even when you don’t know how it’s going to turn out – God does. Faith causes contentment, gratitude and joy. And most importantly, faith is not rooted in circumstances; it’s rooted in the God who controls them.
WHICH ARE YOU SPREADING?
Both spread like wildfire, so the only question is: Which are you spreading? Fear or Faith? Do you find yourself reading and watching endless news reports about death tolls and infection rates only to regurgitate that information to whoever will listen? Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself talking about how inconvenient it is that restaurants are closed, gyms are shut down and that all the big events you planned on attending have either been postponed or cancelled all together. These are prime ways to spread fear.
Spreading faith requires much different action though. It requires us to nix the news and shut down the social media at times. It includes us keeping the complaints to a minimum and exchanging positive speech instead. It looks like finding the good in the situation that we’re in – not being so attentive to the bad.
So, I’ll ask you again: Which are you spreading?