COVID-19 — How to turn the name into an action that heals

According to the CDC, there currently is no vaccine to prevent us from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Instead, we are left with several ways to stop the spread. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus altogether. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person—between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It also can be spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

COVID-19 has caused chaos for each and every one of us—uprooting our personal and professional lives, and forcing us to take deep precautions and exercise good judgement at every turn. Each day, I must remind myself that I have a calling to fulfill amid this chaos.

So how do I do it? It is in the name, COVID-19. I am:

C – Convicted | God’s way of keeping us on track
O – Optimistic | Hopeful and confident about the future
V – Valiant | Brave and courageous
I – Impassioned | Having or showing strong feeling about something
D – Definitive | Settling something finally with authority

According to the Bible, the No. 19 is used as a symbol of faith. It means that people who have faith in divine forces will have better lives, full of love and peace. People must have faith in Jesus and in his cross. It is written in the Bible that the people who listen to Moses are the people who have faith.

My spiritual gifts are discernment and hospitality, my earthly talent is coaching. Before the word coach was used in sports, it was strictly used as a means of transportation. There was a horse that controlled by a coachman and the coach—the compartment where passengers rested until they reached their destination. Coaching allows me to use my spiritual gift of discernment and hospitality to serve others well.

I am going to use COVID-19 as a framework to sustain me during this current time of chaos and prepare me for the next phase of trouble.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33

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