by Nancy Blackman
Over the last month or so, there has been nonstop media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic on the news. With the ever-growing predictions of how many people can become infected along with catastrophic disruptions to our lives and the economy, how can we keep from becoming depressed and anxious during this time?
I believe the answer is found in Philippians 4:8-9 (Message):
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious –
We need to consciously replace negative thoughts with not just positive thoughts, but God thoughts. Do the things you’re hearing and dwelling on line up with the truth of the Word of God? What are the motives of the people you’re listening to? If they’re not true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, or gracious, don’t take to heart what they’re saying, but find out what God’s Word says and dwell on that instead.
The best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
Look for the best in people, not the worst. Share inspiring stories on social media of people helping each other. Believe God for the best outcome, not the worst. Appreciate and support your leaders who are handling this crisis to the best of their ability.
Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
When you see someone doing something admirable, give that your attention and then see what you can do to help someone else. When you do that, you’ll in turn inspire other people, and we’ll all be part of God’s perfect plan of using our gifts and talents to make a difference, even during this difficult time!