With all your help and prayers, the 1st livestream had 169 views and 2nd livestream had 77 (you can check it yourself). So if some people are watching together, it's over 246 people, which is more than we've had on a given Sunday.
The world around us has gone into selfish mode. Panic has left the store shelves empty and people hitting each other over toilet paper. It's ironic (and tragic) that the elderly, who are the most vulnerable in this situation, have been left even more vulnerable, forced into crowded lines, left standing longer than they should. assuming there's anything left for them on the shelves.
I don't blame those who panic. Actually, they should've been panicking all year if they don't know Jesus. But we who have eternal life have no need to fear or panic. Of course, you already know this so I won't belabor the point.
But how do we as Christians shine in the darkness?
A light isn't a light unless it's lighting up the dark. Really. Have you turned on a flashlight during the day? you could barely see it. and it doesn't matter. Two months ago, Costco had a sale on toilet paper. No one appreciated it. Today, someone could propose with a bouquet of it! Night has come, and it's time for us to shine.
It's too easy to stay at home, surrounded by rolls of toilet paper and fresh groceries. (Oh, the luxury!) But can we go outside and look for those who are lost in the dark? That's not so easy. Especially in America, we've become accustomed to making things easy for ourselves, from drive-thru's to cruise control. But we also know deep inside that it's doing the hard things that makes life better, makes you more money, holds on to a marriage, strengthens your faith.
The world needs us right now, even though they'll turn their back on us once the pandemic is over. We need to do the hard things and offer to shop for the elderly, talk to the lonely, babysit their annoying kids, watch their dog while they stand in line at Costco, give toilet paper, find classic NBA games on Youtube for your depressed Clippers fan friend, help someone find work after being laid off, teach the elderly how to use an iPhone (and watch our Livestream), empathize with a Chinese person who has probably endured racism this month, and I know this is super risky, but give a hug to someone who needs it?
Do hard things for others. That's how you shine in the dark.