You can’t get on social media or turn on the news without hearing/seeing something about it. Everywhere you go, people are talking about the pandemic that is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The constant media coverage created a gripping fear in some people while for others, it’s business as usual. I must admit, it’s easy to get caught up in all the statistics and the number of deaths reported as well as all the international travel bans. Personally, I’m not too concerned about whether or not I contract the virus because according to many reliable and respected sources (such as Tarik Jasarevic who is World Health Organization spokesman), “Eighty percent of those who are infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) will have cases involving mild symptoms.” Being that I’m pretty healthy, I’m pretty sure that I would get sick, get better and then get over it, but then when I started to cancel/postpone my upcoming workshops, it really started to hit home; however, before I can get paranoid or fearful, I read the following during my morning devotional:
FEAR IS HAVING FAITH, BUT IT’S PLACING YOUR FAITH IN THE WRONG THINGS. FEAR IS PLACING YOUR FAITH IN THE “WHAT IFS.” SO MUCH OF OUR FEARS ARE FOCUSED ON THINGS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN.
This devotional could not have come at a more perfect time! After I read that, I felt a sense of lightness within my spirit. It would’ve been easy for me to go into panic mode about my finances (as a business owner, if I don’t teach, I don’t make money) since we don’t know when all this is going to end; but because I’m making a conscious decision to put my faith in my God who created the Universe, I am confident that I will be at peace and all this will pass. Everything on this earth is temporary including COVID-19.
Instead of giving into fear and paranoia, I hope you will join me in being careful and cautious while having faith that we will soon see the day where Coronavirus will be a thing of the past.
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