3 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO WITH YOUR CORONAVIRUS BREAK
Today on my birthday, I choose to share a message in line with the current crisis. Schools have been shut due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In some badly-hit countries like Italy, there is a lockdown to check the spread of the virus. With offices closed and movement restricted, people are cooped up at home. Although Nigeria isn’t quite there yet, no one knows how bad the spread of the virus will be here and what measures the government will take in the near future. Anyway, if you’re home in this circumstance, here are three things you shouldn’t do.
3 Things You Shouldn’t Do During This Break
1. Binge on music, video games, CableTV and streaming services:
We live in an entertainment-saturated age. But because we have to work or study, many of us have little time to lose ourselves in media entertainment and that is a good thing. Even during this break, moderate the video games you play, the movies you watch and the music you watch/listen to. (Music can be in the background while you do other things, not that you devote hours and hours just watching or listening to it.)
Moderation should come not only in terms of limiting time spent but in ensuring we expose ourselves to wholesome stuff. Don’t incur a mountain of debt from your media options and don’t weaken your body from inactivity, stretched out on the sofa or in bed for hours and hours. Pick clean humour or other uplifting stuff and enjoy it with your family, except you are sick or in self-isolation.
Here are some examples whom you may already be familiar with. David R. White, the Kendrick brothers, Bruce Marchiano, T.D. Jakes and Tyler Perry are Christian filmmakers. Jeanne Robertson, Chonda Pierce, Jeff Allen, Tim Hawkins and Anita Renfroe are Christian comedians. There are so many Christian musicians. I’m just going to name some Nigerian examples: Frank Edwards, Sinach, Steve Crown, Eben and Paul Enenche. Thankfully, you can search the Internet to familiarise yourself with these and many more. Time spent with their works is time well spent, but set a reasonable limit for each day.
2. Obsess over COVID-19:
This virus is scary, especially because of its ability to spread rapidly and exponentially increase cases of infection. But the world is full of scary things and this won’t be the last if the Lord Jesus tarries. While you need information on its spread, efforts at containment and treatment in different countries, it’s unhealthy to be consumed by it. This is an age of information overload and many seem to be talking about this nonstop. Don’t inundate yourself with stories about it, especially from news media that helped to create and are feeding mass hysteria over the outbreak. Pick the basics daily and move on to other things.
No matter how bad it gets, this pandemic will pass. I choose to be hopeful and not buy into the doom and gloom that some are peddling. The news media revel in this sort of thing pushing worst case scenarios. But God is still in control. I am happy the US president, Donald Trump, declared March 15 a national day of prayer over this and has maintained an encouraging and optimistic tone. We should continue in prayer wherever we are and watch God help us flatten the curve, as they say, in our various countries.
Fear and panic are very unhelpful in this situation. We should use this time to get closer to God, build a better bond with those that matter in our lives and reset our priorities. There is something wrong with our faith if we are so afraid of death or illhealth. These things are part of the sad reality in this fallen world but the Christian is supposed to take them in stride knowing that God will work out everything for our good. Rather than lose our minds with fear like everyone else, we have a great opportunity to share the gospel in this distressing time. If we survive this, we continue to faithfully serve the Lord, if we don’t we enter a very desirable rest.
Personally, I find the world and the direction it’s heading (away from God into insanity and unbelievable wickedness) so distasteful that I often pray for the Lord Jesus’ return. The song, “This world is not my home,” never rang more true than now. But it is God who has the final say on what will be the outcome of the present danger. I watched a video clip where televangelist Kenneth Copeland said God told him this pandemic will be over sooner than we think (See video below.). I say, “Amen,” and as I stressed in my penultimate post on this blog, as individuals, families and nations, God can restore what we lose during this trying time.
(Related: God Can Restore What You Lost)
As for the One World Government and martial law prognostications tied to COVID-19 and the unnecessary panic it has generated, do not be afraid. These things will happen only when God allows them. The New World Order cabal which thinks it is running this world and can play people’s lives and events like chess is subject to God. None of their schemes will come to fruition till God is good and ready.
3. Take unnecessary risks:
While on break, continue to practice the hygiene rules we have been told can prevent contracting the virus, avoid crowds and regular physical contact with strangers, like shaking hands and hugging. It is not a negation of faith to do so. If you are going to be in a large crowd, pray for the sick or expose yourself in anyway, be sure to have got a spiritual greenlight for this. Don’t do anything just to prove a point. Don’t do things just so you can later brag that, “While others were refraining, I did this …” You may not survive to tell that story or you may survive and remain in bad shape.
And while scientists are searching for cures and vaccines, do not take unverified routes to prevent or cure this infection. Even the use of existing drugs should be by the direction of a physician. Simply because Trump mentioned that antimalarials like Hydroxychloroquine have been helpful in treating the symptoms of the COVID-19 disease, people have been stocking up on Chloroquine, leading to scarcities and a huge spike in its price. Worse than that, some have been admitted to hospital for Chloroquine overdose and I hear there has even been death. This is madness! To endanger one’s life to be safe from a disease that one hasn’t even contracted?
We serve a mighty God but we often magnify our problems above Him. He should be our source of confidence at a time like this. He is bigger than COVID-19 and any situation we can ever face and He will definitely come through for us as we put our trust in Him.
Psalm 91:1-4, 14-16
“1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I ] will be[ with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
1 Peter 2:24
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Hi! Hope you were blessed by this post. Kindly share other things we shouldn’t be doing during this break. May the Lord keep you and your family safe in Jesus’ name.