I’ve written before about my wife & I’s love for TV shows, so much so that it’s not uncommon for us to watch multiple shows at a time. We often find ourselves watching some form of medical drama. I’m not sure if this has more to do with our love of the storylines in these shows or my wife’s (who has been a Registered Nurse for 7 years) propensity to tell me different intricacies within the show that are incorrect. Regardless, we’ve watched a lot and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. One of them recently came back on air following a break from filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we sat down last week to watch the first episode of the new season, I sat there with my wife watching this show do their best to explain what it’s been like over the last (near) 12 months in the medical field. I sat there with tears in my eyes as I realized that my wife has experienced all of what I was watching on our TV firsthand. My wife has been with a parent as only one of them was able to be with their dying family member, as no family members were able to be with their dying family member, as she has been exposed to this virus on numerous occasions, and has dealt with the discomfort & difficulty every shift that this virus has caused.

I had an overwhelming feeling that at large, we have lost perspective over everything this virus has caused. I fear that we have begun to live, lead, and continue our lives with a lack of perspective on what this virus is truly causing because we are frustrated & uncomfortable with the inconveniences it’s caused. We have lost sight of the hundreds of thousands of people who have laid in a hospital bed, isolated from everyone they love, dying because of COVID. We have lost sight of the hundreds of thousands of medical professionals who have risked their lives on a daily basis to ensure care for any & everyone. I’ll be the first to admit that I have become careless & frustrated with not being able to live the normal life I am used to and have not remembered the people doing all they can to help us get over this pandemic. 

One of my greatest fears is that, as Christians, we have abandoned the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), and have adopted the fruits of the spirits of conspiracy, fear, division, discomfort, & political allegiance in it’s place. My hope is to encourage you to revisit the perspective of what this season of life has brought & caused for so many who aren’t afforded the privilege & luxuries many of us have. I love what Paul has to say in 2 Timothy 1:6-7

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

2 Timothy 1:6-7

Next time you’re fueled by frustration, fear, conspiracy, or annoyance, revisit Scripture & let God give you perspective through His Word. Then, pray for everyone who is facing the worst of this virus, our leaders, our health care workers, and the families who have lost loved ones. I urge you to fight for perspective at all costs, because at large, we have it really dang good. 

If you are reading this, my prayer for you is that you will allow all that we have faced as countries & individuals to lead us to kindness and gratefulness. I hope that you will remember that no matter the color of our skin, our political differences, whether we’ve had COVID or not, we all bleed the same color blood. I love the encouragement Paul gives us in Ephesians 4:32,

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” 

Ephesians 4:32

And I hope & pray that anyone who reads this might be encouraged to build bridges over hurt they’ve experienced. I hope that with the perspective of how truly damaging and difficult this season of life has been and continues to be for so many, we will realize life is too short to not make things right with family & friends. There are so many people who wish they could have one more hug, one more call, one more text, one more anything to feel that connection with their loved one again. At the end of the day, your feelings about COVID, politics, conspiracies, and many other things really don’t matter when there are people hurting. Find a way to be kind to someone & show them love. Fight for gratitude every day because there is someone who wishes like hell they had a sliver of privilege we have.