This summer is weird. Not sure whether to cry or not. To stay home or roam the country. To hide from everyone or to be in front of the whole world.
One thing clear to me though is that this CoronaVirus is not going anywhere anytime soon. Especially with the kind of mix messaging going on in America. It’s never helped when the messaging is all over the universe, especially when politics find its way into something that has nothing to do with it.
If I learned anything from my many years of leading others, safety was and is always the first priority. It comes before everything. If a team member gets hurt, your work just becomes that much harder. If your whole team gets sick, then you’re without a team. It’s as simple as that.
America needs to operate on that premise, the health and well being of every American should be prioritized. A healthy America means a healthy economy, healthy schools, healthy populace and on and on. The economy will always come after the health and well being of a country’s citizens. The sooner this virus is gone, the sooner the economy will roar back to its glory days.
It still bugs my mind to see facebook posts of our FSM people and Islander Communities in general still not taking this virus seriously. I still see our people gather in groups, travel in groups and pray in groups.
I’ve heard people saying, why let CoronaVirus destroy my culture? People went further and said it’s up to God. He’ll protect me. Let’s start from the latter. God gave us a gift and that is the brain. The brain to think and to analyze every situation so as to protect and expand on God’s creations.
Because of the brain (GOD’S GIFT TO US), we are able to understand that the only way at this point, to protect ourselves, our family, our friends, and those that are vulnerable in our community is to wear masks, practice social distancing, stay home as much as we can, etc… God is protecting us by this gift that he gave us. Yes, it is up to him. And yes, he gave us the brain to think and to do as he expected and taught us; protect each other, our neighbors, our community, his people, his world. Use the GIFT wisely and Intelligently. Satan might have said to Jesus, if you are the true son of God, why don’t you call out his name to come protect you? Sorry people, I am not a BIBLE scientist, but I know God gave us a gift that we must use in times like this.
And culture? Really? What will the culture do if there’s no one left? What is a culture if you are dead? Culture lives when you live. If you die, culture dies with you. If you are that concern about culture, then protect yourself, your family and your community. Keep everyone alive so your culture can continue.
I know I had veered way off topic but I had to say it out loud because God said, spread the good news. And the good news is we have the brains to protect ourselves and our communities and so too our culture.