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Is there a right response to this pandemic?

April 3, 2020

Saddened but not hopeless

I originally wrote this on March 17, 2020

I am struggling with just how to open this message.
Trying to find the right words can be difficult in times like this.
It is very important to me that I maintain sight of who I am and my core values to inspire and encourage while being mindful of the seriousness of the situation we are all in with this pandemic.

I want you to know that I and many more people like me are and have been praying for you and all of us as a nation.

 

Why am I writing this?

I am writing this because I am saddened by what I am seeing taking place in the grocery stores by people who have decided to let fear and panic control them to the point where it has become impossible for our older population (the most vulnerable) to get the things that they and the rest of us need. Simple things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer or even rice!

I am writing this because I don’t understand how we as a people can act in such amazing and loving ways when tragedy strikes our neighbor, to the point that we are so quick in our response to do whatever we can to support those that have suffered such catastrophic loss yet when tragedy strikes us all; we take a “Every man for himself” and “Every woman for herself” position!

I encourage to follow the link below to the CDC website and get informed as a way to avoid panic.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html

 

What should you do?
As you know, I am a motivational speaker and author and NOT a medical professional, so my advice is to follow the CDC recommendations and guidelines.

 

How should you respond?
Please know that everyone is different and how they respond to fear and uncertainty will also be different. However, for me, as a Bible believing Christian, there is only one way for me to respond and that is with Faith, Hope and Prayer (I will talk about them in a moment).

 

Let’s look the most common emotional responses

Fear: Will not make me feel better; it will only make it worse and leads to anxiety

Worry: Will not solve anything; it never does and also leads to anxiety

Acting out of fear is supposed to be a natural response to imminent danger that is known, like being woken up out of bed because of an intruder. You’re afraid for your life and your response to that fear will be in proportion to the real danger.

Or better yet, when your neighbors house goes up in flames and you know they are still inside; your immediate response is to go in and save them without regard for your own safety.

What about worry? Studies have shown that only a very small percentage of what we worry about ever materializes and if it does, it’s never close to how we imagined it.
Our minds are powerful and can conjure up some pretty scary stuff, but at the same time, we are capable of creating the most idyllic scenarios.
So you have to ask yourself, what do you want to be consumed by? Fear and Worry or something else?

 

Faith, Hope & Prayer
As a man of faith, it is especially important that in times like these that I rest my hope and my faith in something that is real, something that is tangible, something that I can without a doubt rely on; and for me that is God, Jesus Christ.
In my book, “The Periodic Table of Character Traits” I talk about what only God was able to free me from; not man, but God; not AA or NA, but God.

Since I know without a shadow of doubt that God is real, my faith, my hope rests solely in His promise when Moses had said to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6 to be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Moses may have been talking to Joshua, but this speaks directly to God’s promises for us all who believe, have faith and put their trust in him.

I want to encourage you to trust God because he is mightier than anything we are going through.

Please join me in prayer; Dear Lord, I pray that the person reading this would be comforted in this difficult time knowing that you are in control. That you said you would never leave them nor forsake them. I pray that you would give them the peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray that their families and friends would experience the warmth of your presence.
Lord only you know the beginning to the end and have ordained each our lives. I pray that the reader of this would not submit nor give into fear, worry or anxiety no matter what goes on around them because you have ordained everything for your purpose and in your perfect timing. I pray that you would come to know Jesus as your personal savior and your hope so that you may put your faith in him and him alone. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus who is the Christ.

God bless you and keep you, your family and all of your loved ones, Amen.

Thank you
If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me

Warm Regards,

Michael Lawson Speaks
To “Inspire & Encourage”