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What and how I feel about what’s been going on is all over the place. In general though, I tell my kids that it’s more important to know what you DON’T KNOW than what you do know. I am sure that I don’t know…

  1. How bad this will be.
  2. How bad it really is.
  3. How it could have been prevented.
  4. How it could have been worse.
  5. How much is precaution vs. how much is government overreach.
  6. How to run a city/state/country in times like this.
  7. How to protect the health of citizens and the health of an economy.
  8. How much of this is real and how much is manufactured.
  9. How different this is vs. other things that were going to kill us.
  10. How much the impact the media has had vs. the reality of the situation.

Here’s what I do know…

  1. God is bigger than this.
  2. God is intimately aware of all of this.
  3. God is more than prepared to love me (and all of us) throughout this.
  4. God will use me if I let Him.
  5. I have experienced worse and will again.
  6. I have seen the worst that life has to offer and am ok.
  7. My kids have seen the worst that life has to offer and are ok (and not freaked out by this).
  8. Mind you I came to my office at the church to write this.
  9. Our country is uniquely and masterfully set up to survive and withstand this.
  10. My great aunt lost 3 kids in two weeks to the flu in the 1920’s, things have been worse.
  11. In tough times like these we have a great opportunity to love others and I’m focusing on that.

Here’s where that leaves me…

  1. I’ve cooked all of the food (figuratively speaking of course).
  2. I bought, stained, and attached a replacement fence for my yard.
  3. I fixed my charcoal grill.
  4. I prepped my pond for the spring/summer.
  5. I haven’t watched nearly the amount of tv that I thought I would.
  6. I can spend upwards of 3 to 5 minutes on social media before I get sick of it.
  7. I do need to go out and about for at least a bit each day (store, office, outside).
  8. I get creative in parenting and try to set up the house for success.
  9. I can’t imagine the stress those who have a high need for security are experiencing.
  10. Grace is something most people could use more, both for them and for others.
  11. Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” Let’s make sure that we’re the helpers.
  12. With down time comes the opportunity to reach out and love.
  13. You could spend x minutes each day sending a text/email/letter to someone letting them know how much you love and appreciate them.
  14. Supporting your local businesses is important and gift cards are a great way to do that.
  15. Realize that, especially in these times, people believe/act/react far differently than you do…and that’s ok.
  16. This won’t last forever, but we have the opportunity to love others in a way that they’ll remember forever.

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