How to Stay Cool in a Corona Hot World
It's all around us. People everywhere are obsessed with COVID-19 known as Corona Virus. It's on social media, the news, and it has become the two buzz words of 2020. It's the topic of conversations, debates and blame. People live in panic and shop like they received the dreaded news of a blizzard. Store shelves stand bare, and a shortage of toilet papers has ensued. The connection between Corona Virus and toilet paper remains a mystery. The stock market also took a hit. We should have a genuine concern, but does that mean we lose our cool? Should we panic?
Schools everywhere have closed. Stores depleted of necessary staples have dotted the entire map. Businesses shut down, and an entire country, Italy closed. Sporting events, concerts, cancelled. Small service business have felt the crunch of Coronas attack with cancellations. Utility companies also have made arrangements and offered special payment arrangements. Corona has left panic and economic hardship in its path.
A World Turned Upside Down
The world around us may have been turned upside down thanks to the overemphasizing of Coronas threat, but we can keep our cool despite the panic we experience. In fact, this applies to all situations we face. Should we take this seriously? How much is too much preventative measures? Does the threat affect a certain segment of the world's population?
People who experience life-threatening health conditions face a higher risk than the average person. The elder population also may face a greater risk of contracting Corona Virus, but like any flu, we can take measures to arm ourselves against the possible threat of contracting it. However, fear doesn't solve this problem. A rational, deliberate, and driven approach does.
A Rational Approach
In order to keep cool in a Corona hot world, the first step is, take Corona serious on a local level. Buying every package of toilet paper leans toward the ridiculous, but washing hands, avoiding too much interpersonal contact like shaking hands is a good start. School and business closures represent effective ways to curb the spread of Corona Virus. It has been advised to avoid food courts, drinking in bars and avoiding crowds. Canceling in home appointments such as piano tunings or in home sales demonstrations will also decrease exposure to Covid-19, but its effectiveness seems undetermined. Shop when necessary provided the stores have their shelves restocked. If you shop, sanitize the cart or basket handle. Preventive measures guided by a rational and deliberate thought process will strengthen our efforts to combat Covid-19 and prevent Coronas spread. If you're using public transportation, check your local provider for any schedule changes or service restrictions.
On a national and international level, travel restrictions like flights have been established, and an entire country, Italy has shut down. Many companies have restricted travel or halted it all together. Schools have canceled class and missions trips abroad. Once we've done our part to help those around us, we can focus upon ourselves and our need to keep cool in this hot Corona world. How do we accomplish this?
God's Command About Corona And All Situations
How do we keep our cool. First, be strong, courageous, and don't tremble. Joshua 1:9 says, "Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (NASB) This isn't a suggestion, but rather a command. Christians have this assurance, and as a side note, there couldn't be a better time to give ones life to the Lord than now. We've done our due diligence, and we approach each situation with care, but do we tremble, worry and panic? God commands us to be strong. Our panic represents disobedience. God promises He'll take care of us. Encourage others to stand firm. Pray and lift up one another during this pandemic.
God surrounds us with his protection. Jesus reiterates this point. "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me." John 14:1 (NASB) God has our lives protected. Corona Virus doesn't surprise Him, nor does it threaten Him. He's all powerful, and once we place ourselves in His care, we can rationally think and go about our lives in peace and harmony.
How do we keep cool in a Corona hot world? Put our total trust in God, in His son Jesus Christ. Do everything we can to keep ourselves and loved ones protected, and allow Corona to run its course. Soon normality will sweep our nation and world once again, and for those of you still worried, the toilet paper shelves will burst with rolls upon rolls of your favorite brands.
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