Be Smart, Be Healthy
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." - John 13:34
What does LOVE look like when there's a health scare gripping our world? Practically speaking, it looks like people who take steps to care for the health and well being of each other. It's people who call and send encouraging cards to neighbors who are hurting. It's people who go grocery shopping or bring over a meal to folks who are sick. It's people who take the time to pray and listen to the concerns of those in need. It's not hoarding stockpiling cleaning supplies, it's showing compassion. It's not panicking, it's serving. On a personal level, I'm trying to practice what I preach. Until the end of next week (3/14), I won't come to church or make personal visits with any of you. The reason - my wife travelled to South Korea (last week) to celebrate her father's 80th birthday. While she took precautionary measures during her travels, she is now at home in a self-imposed quarantine. She is restricting contact with her church members. She's also restricting contact with our family by eating separately, sleeping separately, and avoiding physical contact with us (ie. no hugs or kisses, which is a total bummer.) For our part, the girls and I are living like we did while she was away last week. We're cooking and cleaning after ourselves. The additional chores are extra cleaning and sanitizing the house daily, as well as reminding each other to wash hands regularly. While this is a new experience, it's one that we know will soon pass. (note: Sarah is healthy. No signs of fever or cough or breathing issues. The same is true for me and the girls.) My encouragement for all of us is to be Smart and Healthy. Take the steps necessary to care for yourselves and loved ones. (Click here to read the recommendations of the World Health Organization on simple steps to stay healthy.) On the other hand, don't be overwhelmed by fear. Don't let fear of all the "what if's" dictate your decisions. Be Smart and take good care of yourselves, but be open to the ways God is inviting you to LOVE others, even in times like this. See you in a few weeks. Pastor Caleb note: Our church has implemented new Safety Protocols to care for each other's health. Click here to read the letter.