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Coronavirus. It’s all we hear about. Our minds think about it. Our actions are guided by it. The threat is real. People are dying. And we all have questions. Many of them have no answers, at least not yet. 

So there’s a lot of ugliness to this virus, and a lot of bad repercussions, whether you believe it’s no worse than the flu, or whether you believe as the experts do. 

But, whenever there is something bad that occurs in life, there’s also good that can come from it. Sometimes we don’t understand the good for days or years. But it’s there. 

My worldview is guided by the Bible. There are so many passages that help in times like these. But here’s one for those of us who have embraced it as our supreme authority: 

💡“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 

For some this verse may make no sense at all. But for others, like me, it not only makes sense, but it offers comfort.  

But besides the “spiritual” aspect to what “good” may ultimately come from this pandemic, there are many other practical realities, that we can all take advantage of to see some good come from all this.  

So let’s list some: 

  1. More time with family. 
  2. Opportunity to refocus our thoughts and actions to that which is important and lasting. 
  3. Time to read a book, write a letter or essay, compose a song, or enjoy playing your favorite musical instrument. 
  4. Time to teach our children important, valuable lessons.
  5. Time to focus on our health, and our family’s, if necessary.
  6. Determining if there are ways we can help our neighbors, and those in need, working within the confines of the restrictions on our mobility. 
  7. Opportunity to pray in a more meaningful and deliberate manner. 
  8. Most importantly, time to seek God, through Bible reading, prayer and meditation. 
  9. In response to time with God, evaluating our lives to see where we have strayed from Him and how it is we should redirect our steps. 

But what about you?  How are you spending your time?  What are some ways you are looking beyond the ugly and the bad of the coronavirus crisis and focusing on the good we can all find as a result of it? 

Live Free… find the good! 

💡“Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you— protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” Zephaniah 2:3