Matthew 10:1-10: “Don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick… You have been treated generously, so live generously… You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day.”
In this time of a drastic shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), have you ever thought about yourself as the equipment? Trust me, I majored in global health and work for an NGO supporting the coronavirus around the world, so I am NOT saying that we can substitute PPE. Don’t get me wrong. But, I think we see ourselves as helpless in this crisis, and we are not. We are Personal Active Equipment (PAE) and we can “PAE” it forward. Have you thought about your own capacity to go to the lost and confused? You can text an older person living alone, call a grandparent, leave voicemails for neighbors, write in chalk on your driveway, talk to people about the meaning of life… You can support and serve your own neighborhood, serving as crucial equipment in the fight against the virus.
Now is a really easy time to hold a grudge. I challenge you to choose forgiveness instead. Make a list of all things / people / situations you could never forgive, and start ruminating on how your “never” could turn to “maybe,” and your “maybe” could turn to “definitely.”
What I’m reading:
- Well, watching: Some Good News, obviously!
- The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Thoughts on mental health:
Today I had a nice long cry about how much I miss my boyfriend (he’s in New Jersey with family while I’m in North Carolina). I found it therapeutic to write out all the little things I miss about life before Coronavirus, smile over the reality of the blessings of my old life, and then fold the sheet of paper in half and start a new page. I needed to admit those sad feelings were there, do something about it, and then face my new circumstances.
Leave a note, some flowers and toilet paper on your porch for the next person who delivers your food.