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035: 3 Lessons I Learned From Getting COVID-19

Episode Description:

I never thought I'd get it, but guess what?!? I was wrong. I just recently recovered from my bout with COVID-19. This experience was a lot more than I thought it would be. It was a lot harder than I had imagined and it also showed me some powerful things I need to remember every single day. In this episode, I share three lessons that I learned during my time with COVID-19. Whether you've had it yourself or not, these lessons apply to all of us and our everyday lives.

Episode Insights:

Three books I mentioned during "Ask Me Anything" segment.

- Lost Connection by Johann Hari

- I Declare War by Levi Lusko

- Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen

Lesson #1: Every Person's Reality is Real for Them

Perception is the key here.. Perception is looking at a thing or situation from our point of view, but the good and bad of this is that others have different vantage points based on their own life and circumstances.

Listen to one another and we will all be better off.

4 Brother and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. - 1 Thess. 5:12-14

So if we really want to understand what it's like to have something go on in someone's life, if we really want to understand what it means to see this person's reality as real for them, then maybe we should be encouragers. Maybe we should be holding them accountable. Maybe we should be taking care of them when they're weak. And we should also be patient, when maybe we don't always agree with their vantage point.

Lesson #2: Isolation is Destructive

Isolation is being detached from community, we understand that it's being detached from community, what happens is that when we detach from community, we become extremely vulnerable, in a bad way. Now, this kind of vulnerability is not the vulnerability that we've talked about before about being open and honest with people, this kind of vulnerability means that you are open to attack, that you can be attacked in a very, very dark way.

Turn your isolation into solitude.

Isolation might be destructive, but solitude is constructive. While isolation is tearing things down, trying to get us to a bad place, trying to rip us from the top down. solitude is building us up, it's giving us beautiful opportunities, to see growth, to have purpose, to have value in knowing that we can lean into the Lord.

Isolation might be destructive, but solitude is constructive.

Lesson #3: Be Thankful in All Circumstances

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil. - 1 Thess. 5:16-22

We are better people when we're thankful. So we can't stop praying, we can't stop leaning into who God made us to be, because we belong to Him.

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