We are all probably a little more conscious of germs these days. I am especially careful if I have to go out into a store, something that I avoid often because I am not naturally careful. This week, I had to go into a pet store to buy my daughter's lizard's food and witnessed everyone doing the right things, almost. Folks were wearing masks and standing six feet apart. But then, I witnessed the woman in front of me in the check-out line pick up a bottle that was displayed there. She read it and put back down. We've all done it a million times. But I guess that's the problem, isn't it? We leave a little of ourselves on everything we touch.
That can be dangerous when it comes to COVID-19, but it holds promise when it comes to how we "touch" one another's lives. As we think of the ways we come in contact with one another, we should more carefully think about what we leave behind. Have our interactions built people up or torn them down?
The scripture demands it of us, "So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already" 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CEB). Right now, that human touch shouldn't be literal, but there are many ways we can continue to impact one another in positive ways.
Consider phoning a friend to let them know you are thinking of them, paying a compliment to someone you interact with while making purchases, sending a card to a shut-in, complimenting people you pass while taking a walk, or writing a letter thanking someone for the impact they've made in your life.
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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