Make no mistake about it. The COVID-19 situation is dire! As we trust God’s direction and covering, let’s seek opportunities to be the blessing that we were meant to be. Ask yourself, what can I do as a member of the Body of Christ, to help during this time of distress?
Below are Some Opportunity Ideas:
1. Reach out to someone you know who is confined and may be alone or isolated and feeling lonely. Give him or her a word of encouragement, a prayer or a scripture or all three.
2. Donate: If you can, this is a good time to donate food and other resources directly to a household that is in need of assistance due to COVID-19. Or you can add a contribution to the food bank or send a food package to someone locally or outside of your local area.
3. If you live in an open area, do a prayer walk. Breathe in and out slowly as you walk. Use the walk as a time of meditation and communion with God. The prayer walk will relieve stress and serve as an excellent exercise routine. It’s great for the mind, body and spirit. Remember, prayer really does change things!
4. If it’s safe for your to go out, go to a blood donation center and donate blood. Blood banks are experiencing a huge shortage now. Blood donors are exempted from the “shelter in place” restriction and the donation centers are prepared with safety equipment.
5. Send a short note, card, text message, FB friend request or email to someone you haven’t contacted in a long time. Let them know that you are checking in because you are concerned about them. If long over-due forgiveness is needed, go ahead and ask for forgiveness. Then push past stubbornness and forgive. Matthew 6:14, 15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
6. Be an encourager. Remind others that Jesus is and has always been the one who promises to help us with what we cannot solve. He is the giver of wisdom to solve problems and strength to endure challenges. Don’t make encouragement a task on your “To Do List”; but consider it a privilege to reach out and check in with a word of encouragement.
7. Avoid being glued to sources of bad news about the epidemic, like the daily news briefs. Instead, chose to focus on things that are true, just and right. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, bretheren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
8. Take time to laugh. Laughter is such good medicine. It is an amazing ability that God has given to us. It helps us to cope with sadness and tough life issues. “A Joyful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22. Laughter is great for your soul. It’s a natural medicine that helps you to stay fresh and to restore your physical and emotional energy, so you can pour into others.
9. Trust divine wisdom. Jesus is and has always been the one who promises to help us with what we cannot solve. He is the Giver of Wisdom to solve problems, the Source of Strength to endure challenges, and the Hope in whom we trust with our ultimate destiny. Remember: Our limitation is God’s opportunity.
10. Stock up on prayer. It is the most powerful weapon that we have to use against the wiles of the enemy forces in these trying times. The fulfillment of God’s promises is bases on the prayer of His people. He promised to heal the land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people who are balled by my name, would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”