One of the worst parts of the COVID-19 outbreak is the unknown. We don’t know what it will do, how long this will last, how many more cases there will be, and how this will change life.
Thinking on these things leads to fear, and fear leads to anger. We’re noticing a lot of frustration being vented on social media today. However, one thing we must remember is that everyone is in the same boat. We’re all concerned, and we’re all being affected.
Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
This means, first of all, to consider each others’ needs. Secondly, this means to see things from the other’s perspective. Their perspective, and the details of their lives, are unknown to us.
The lady with the two shopping carts of stuff from the grocery store may be shopping for herself and her neighbor. The person who is traveling through town in spite of the advice to social-distance may have obligations that he must meet, or people who need his help.
Seeing the other’s perspective breeds empathy and empathy brings forth love, which in turn brings forth more empathy.
So, as you go through your day today, be mindful of how this situation may be affecting others. Try to see their point of view. And if you have the opportunity to help your neighbor, please do.
May God bless you, and may God cut this crisis short.