Minister's Minute: Do what you know

Matthew 5: Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Our world is in a confusing time right now with days feeling like weeks and no clear end in sight. Many people are wondering what to do in a time like this. I was praying and asking God the same question and His answer was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for new and fresh information. He said: “Do what you know.”

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Being part of this community, we have the opportunity to show the love of God to those around us. Let’s do what we know. Here are some practical things that we can be doing during this crisis: 

Love your neighbour. We can be the love and encouragement that our neighbours need during this time. Bring them groceries, encourage them or just ask them if there’s anything they need right now. Pray for them.

Don’t mock people with different views. Everyone is reacting to this virus differently, and we should be the most understanding people in the world.

Be patient with those who fear. We shouldn’t judge anyone, but rather, we should be patient and loving.

Be kind and generous. We have new opportunities to give to others. Let us be known as generous and kind people.

Protect the elderly and vulnerable. You may not be one of the most vulnerable, but we have to exercise wisdom with regard to those who are.

Live with the hope we have in Christ. We do not have to be afraid, and we can help others not feel so afraid by living with the hope we’ve found in Jesus.

Proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Let others know why you have so much hope!

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