To Be Or Not To Be

I am sooooo done with Covid-19. Am I the only one that feels this way? I am done listening to our Prime Minister give his daily updates about the virus and how his government continues to spend our tax dollars on “helping” Canadians get through these challenging times. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out our Canadian economy will be adversely affected by this virus for years, maybe decades from now. My grandchildren will be paying for this long after Mr. Trudeau has left office, and is living comfortably on his pension.

I’m done listening to the news. The media is so negative, and adds to the hype and fear-mongering that is so prevalent lately. For my own mental health, I just have to avoid listening to daily news reports.

I’m done with masks, and protests, and long line ups, and no sports, and no concerts, and no Stampede Week, and not being able to hug my friends, and not being able to attend church, and social distancing, and running out of hand sanitizer, and, and, and……

I realized I had spent most of my morning complaining about all the things I was inconvenienced about due to Covid-19. The more I complained and fretted, the more I forgot all about a key scriptural mandate: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Apostle Paul must not to be misinterpreted here. There are no exceptions, no excuses, no way outs. We must in EVERY circumstance “give thanks”. The pattern of a Christian’s life is that we consistently, and endlessly give thanks to God.

I can feel the Holy Spirit nudge me. I know my heart is not in the right place. I have a critical spirit right now and I need it gone! I don’t want to admit fault, but I know I need to stop complaining and start being more thankful.

It’s a work in progress. I freely admit that. Two weeks ago I got another blood clot in my right leg. Just when I thought my health issues were behind me, I got hit with another health crisis. It’s knocked the stuffing out of me. I cannot find anything in this situation to be thankful about. My leg is swollen and painful, and I’m back on blood thinners. It’s hard to feel upbeat and grateful.

Still, I think about how far I’ve come since last year and I must give thanks! I was gearing up for my first round of chemo last year. Praise God that is all behind me! Sometimes I must look back in order to move forward.

To be thankful or not to be thankful? It’s not a choice. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:15-17)

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2 Responses to To Be Or Not To Be

  1. Jane says:

    As is so often the case, you voice my thoughts and recent behavior. I’ve stopped watching the news too. Just like you, this past year has been rough and I don’t need any additional negative news in my life. After getting a colostomy in October of 2019, followed by a heart attack the day after the surgery, then having a stent implanted, I was able to have my colostomy reversed at the end of April 2020. Each day I feel more and more back to normal. I can’t help but bless the Lord, but the past ten months have been shaky-faith time. I felt so unhappy/ashamed with my behavior RE: not being able to (easily) praise God through the bad times. Thankfully, a pastor reminded me that it is O.K. not to be O.K. and to thank God, thank God, thank God that He is in control. Bless the Lord, Oh my soul – all that is within me blesses His holy name. Thank you for being honest in sharing your ups and downs over this past year. It has been so helpful and I thank you for your honesty and ongoing faith in God.

    • Lynn says:

      Jane, I appreciate your kind words! You too have experienced your share of health trials! Wow! Praying the weeks and months ahead will be so much better for you!

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