in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, people are running scared, stocking up on every known essential, and likely many non-essentials as well. and i get it.. we all have the desire to have enough for our families and loved ones. i, too, acted out of prudence, shopping with the thought that i may not get to for a few weeks.
but what are we really reacting to? over the past couple of weeks, i’ve heard and read people saying “the media is stirring this up. it’s all hype.” and while there may be some truth to the stirring part, the next statement is what gets me… “they’re (media) causing everyone to be afraid.”
may i pose a question? why is it someone else’s fault that we’re afraid? do we not have the agency over what we’re consuming and how we’re reacting?
the truth is that we are only reactionary to what we dwell on.
if we consumed a dozen donuts in one sitting, we wouldn’t blame anyone else for how we felt afterwards. the same is true when we listen to the news all day or scan our newsfeeds for hours.
as long as we believe that our thoughts are someone else’s fault, a change in thinking can only derive if those sources change their thinking. then, that change only lasts as long as they decide to accommodate our thinking. that cycle will remain until we decide to take agency over our thoughts and feelings. we have to be responsible, removing the victim mentality.
what does God’s Word say about taking responsibility over our minds and thoughts?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:2-3
what do we see?
~as Christians, we’re not to react like the world, but instead be transformed by the renewing of our minds
~there will be things in our paths that we will have to think through, and some things that we find out we need to avoid
are you finding yourself anxious? perhaps it’s time to turn off the news and put social media away for a while. i know it’s important to stay informed, but we don’t have to be consumed.
this is an amazing moment to join God in what He desires for His glory in our lives. we’re all finding ourselves with events canceled and newly opened schedules. instead of filling that time with more spinning of the press, let’s open our Bibles and learn more about Jesus and how He truly is the Prince of Peace.