The opening thought came to me as I was reflecting on the many opportunities for personal growth that have been and will be presented to me through the Coronavirus pandemic.
You may have heard the story about the farmer who took his grandson to a pile of manure outside the farmer’s barn. This was going to be the grandson’s first-ever exercise in hauling manure. As the boy approached the pile of manure his face lit up with a huge smile. The farmer asked him, “What are you so happy about, boy?” The child replied, “Grandpa, I just know there’s got to be a pony at the bottom of that pile of manure.”
I’ve lived long enough to know that there is a pony inside this pile of manure called the COVID-19 pandemic.
Never before in my lifetime has there been a bigger call for all of us to get out of ourselves and think of ways we can help those who are being negatively impacted the most by this pandemic.
Lori and I are going to try to support our local restaurants by ordering carryout meals. We normally don’t eat out that often.
Lori and Jordy took food to our church on Sunday as it is serving as a depot for food for children who cannot currently count on their schools for meals.
I reached out to a couple of friends who are in the trenches facing this pandemic head on to see if they needed help.
Picking up food and groceries and delivering them to the elderly and at-risk people is another great way to help.
Last but certainly not least. There is something all of us can do any time of the day or night and that is pray.
There is nothing more powerful than prayer and now is the time to get on your knees and utilize that power.
I’ve increased my prayer exponentially over the past couple of weeks. Every chance I get, I’m praying for a vaccine and a cure. I’m also lifting up our health care workers who are on the front lines and putting their lives at risk for others. I’ve recently added all the small business owners who are being negatively impacted.
Peace is found when we are able get out of ourselves and help others.
I believe there’s definitely a pony in this pile of COVID-19 manure–if you want there to be–and it’s called personal growth through the act of thinking, doing, and praying more about others than yourself.
(BTW…be careful…personal growth does not take place when medicating ourselves through the use of the news, social media, and other mind-numbing activities. It’s vital to be informed but not to the extent that the information paralyzes your life.)
1 John 3:17, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
Journal your thoughts:
What am I grateful for today?
In what way(s) will I bring light to the world today?
What will I deny myself so I may draw closer to God and gain more peace in my life today?
God, I offer myself to Thee—To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! Amen. (Third Step Prayer – Chapter 5, pg.63, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)