030 Coronavirus Decisions: Fear or Faith?
This episode is a truly messy intersection around faith, family and business. I am supposed to travel to Europe in a weeks time. Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Depending on who I listen to I could bunker up inside my home for the next couple months. How do I decide what to do?
First here's a really cool RELEVANT testimony of what happened last week:
1. Make the decision from faith not fear
First set your confidence and security on what does not move - Christ and His Kingdom. Become more aware of Him and His victory and dominion, than of the problem or pain. This is not avoidance; it is establishing perspective and priority.
I do this by remembering testimony. I vocalize gratitude for who God is and His influence in my life. I thank Him for His full and final victory over every disease and even over death. My eternity is secure.
2. Make the decision with stakeholders
I am healthy. I eat healthy (mostly). I exercise. The virus is most dangerous for elderly and for infants and for people with health vulnerabilities. This means I am highly unlikely to be adversely affected... individually.
However, it's not just my decision to make. I am part of a family with a daughter who has health challenges. I am part of a community that hosts students and events and guests from all over the world. What happens to me, affects those around me. I need to take that into consideration and be aware of my stakeholders.
Faith is not ignorance or denial. It is knowing the situation and confidently making a decision, regardless of what that decision may be.
The Center for Disease Control website has a ton of facts. My travel insurance policy and website has a ton of facts. My host in Europe has local facts. The media has a ton of fear. It doesn't take a genius to ascertain where to find the reliable information.
4. So what will I do?
I don't know yet. At this point I will be traveling unless there is a major increase in disease where I am traveling and/or travel advisory warns against travel. I have some alternative options. I have a plan. I am 100% in unity with my wife. I am confident. Regardless, this will work out for my good.
What about you? How are you making your decisions? Where do you need to realign from faith to fear, or include other stakeholders, or seek facts rather than cheap opinions? What will you decide?
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