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OUR LANE MATTERS

There is a set place and position God has for each of us along our path to destiny.  But it's up to us to seek His face for direction, clarity, and guidance. I know it can be tough to figure out what's best especially now. That's why we have to let God's word be our guide.  Before this pandemic it was easy to trust God with no bit of doubts.  But right now even to us Christians there is a lot of uncertainty on whether this is from God or not.  We’ve lost our lanes.

God has a purpose as to why He created each one of us. It doesn’t matter whether God allows us to live for a day or a hundred here on earth, whether we die of pandemic of natural death!  “Our God is in heaven and does as He pleases.” Psalms 115: 3 for His intentions are always for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

COVID:  19 pandemic reminds us that lasting contentment, security and happiness is not to be found in the present world but in the world to come. That’s why true worshippers of God should stick to their lanes. To always trust God amidst our suffering; continue praying as we used to, read and meditate on the word of God daily.  This is about personal relationship with God. As ‘we are saved by hope’, so we are made happy by hope. 

What does this mean for us and COVID-19? Let look at this pandemic as a temptation that tests and proves our faith and love: our faith in that we may see and experience how we should act toward God; our love in that we may recognize how we should act toward our neighbor. Our attitude toward COVID-19 should be marked by the Christian virtue of  not panicking but heeding our Saviour’s encouraging warning, “Do not be anxious about your life ... Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 6:25, 10:28); and concern, recognizing the evil for what it is and not comforting ourselves with falsehoods. For Christians, truth is distinctly important. Every Christian has the responsibility to find and rely on accurate sources of information, having nothing to do with either sensationalizers or scoffers.

For those of us who do not have special training to participate on the medical front lines, we are called to responsibly play our part in society: in the smallest way we can let us take care of our neighbors; wear your mask; sanitize; keep social distance and those of us who can; help your needy neighbor. In our jobs let us help keep our economy going; in our families as parents, children or siblings; in the way we communicate, listen and respond to news; in the way we care for our neighbours, cities and communities.  Instead of panicking and stockpiling so many masks that there aren’t enough for healthcare workers, or so much toilet paper that others can’t find any, we should be asking: How can we as a church and I as an individual help those in need?

Can we get back and stick to our lanes? We can try this. It might probably work.

Prayer: Get back to our prayer routine. Always remember that prayer is simply a conversation with God. Make that conversation a daily priority. Slowly but surely our relationships with God will be strong again.

Faith: Living our faith isn’t just about going to church. Faith lives inside of us, in all aspects of our live. Seek God’s counsel and ask him how you can live to the Glory of his name. Faith is one of the main keys to spiritual transformation. When you live your faith, you can possibly never get out of your lane.

Eliminate the negative: As much as we’d like to deny it, our way of being is often influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. If the people you’re around aren’t uplifting, keep your distance.  If all you talk all day is how bad things are getting with this pandemic you’d be surprised how much you will be getting off your lane. Accentuate the positive. Talk, read and watch what brings positivisms in your life.

Breathe:  The reason many of many of us are getting out of our lanes; is because we invite people and situations into our lives that confuse us. While you may want to listen to everyone’s opinion, to be loved, accepted and understood, give yourself a chance to breathe.

Accept yourself:  One of the best days in your life is when you stop caring what everyone else thinks about you and you start caring about being yourself. To be happy means to be yourself; by doing this you will always stick to your lane. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you don’t do that, then you let other’s ignorance, hate, drama or negativity stop you from being the best person you can be. The person you were created to be; with or without the pandemic.

Avoid self-doubt:  Self-doubt starts in the mind and then the actions follow it. Many times we're the gatekeepers of this world and nipping negative thoughts (especially with this pandemic). Focusing on the negatives, use of negative self-labeling and catastrophizing (you think of the worst outcomes) which can lead to more anxiety and depression hence losing our purpose. Avoid self-doubt. You were created for a greater purpose! YOUR LANE MATTERS. MY LANE MATTERS OUR LANES MATTERS

Comforting thought for the month.

Our loving God hidden but surely works for our good even in the places we do not expect, including amid the evil of deadly pandemics like one we have. The bible says Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. There have been epidemics on earth and they passed; even this pandemic will also pass.