I remember years ago hearing my pastor say those words in a Sunday morning sermon! They sunk deep into my spirit and stuck there! Even now as I reflect on those words I am challenged to not get stuck into a pattern of finding fault in others - that’s EASY. I have discovered it’s far more difficult to put aside personal opinions, preferences, and offense, and to pray for someone rather than criticize them.

I think a good first step is an attitude of gratitude and giving thanks! It is powerful and effective at moving us from a critical heart to a grateful one! It’s also something that is easy to overlook or surrender when we are under great pressure.

As I have been praying and thinking about all that is going on and seeing that there is plenty of fear and hysteria to go around because of the obvious, it is troubling to hear harsh and judgmental words so quickly spoken by so many. The irresponsible and unfair criticism of leaders who are doing their best in the midst of so much uncertainty and burdensome, costly decisions that have to be made. Right now, we do not yet have the advantage of hindsight, but we are learning on the fly! The concerns are vast and real. But let’s not let the battle we are in steal our joy and cause us to be ungrateful! Let’s not lose sight of or forget to be THANKFUL for the good things that are being done.

Let’s look at the BIGGER picture! Let me share a few thoughts and suggestions with you:

  • Be grateful to God for the world-class virologists, researchers, scientists, medical

professionals and pharmaceutical companies that are being gathered together to work towards treatments and vaccinations to treat COVID-19.

Give thanks to God for giving them revealed knowledge, skills, gifts, abilities and talent to develop those things that will be helpful in the treatment and elimination of this virus.

Pray for them to hear from heaven and receive revelation and wisdom to find solutions and cures to help people in a timely fashion.

Pray for hospitals and medical personnel all over the world to serve with compassion as they take care of the infected and needy; that God would protect them and their loved ones from illness and keep them alert.

Pray for Godly wisdom in preparations and supplies that they will need to be ready for anything that will come their way

  • Be grateful to God and pray for President Trump as he continues to reach out to other

world leaders in communication to help them as they seek to serve and protect the people in their nations.

Pray for God to guide the conversations and overcome language barriers and differences so that they share current and accurate information, data, and resources that will be mutually beneficial.

Pray that they will not grow weary in doing good!

  • Be grateful to God for President Trump, FEMA, CDC, other health organizations, and

all of the state governors that are communicating daily to make informed decisions that will serve and protect their citizens.