Teaching an ESL class for moms in an elementary school necessitates wearing a mask at this time. My city also has also made it mandatory to wear a mask in public buildings at least until the end of this month.
So yes I wear a mask to follow guidelines by the schools and the city. But that is not the main reason I wear one. I wore one before the mandate of the city.
Yes there has been differing information about the effectiveness of wearing masks and I know some view it as an attempt to control us.
I would say the phrase What Would Jesus Do, but then I thought he would go around healing people of COVID like he did for people of other diseases when he was on earth. I do not have the kind of power.
I come back to a principle in the bible in Romans 14. It is one that perhaps is not given enough due consideration:
“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.”
Yes, Jesus has brought me through so many difficult times in life including almost dying in the 1990s. I trust Jesus to bring me through any difficulty. But my faith has been put through the fires numerous times. I know that death, while not something I look forward to, is really graduation day from this life to heaven.
I also realize there are people who are very fearful at this time. My going around with a false bravado will not reassure anyone. It will also not help me to establish opportunities to share the love of Jesus.
By wearing a mask when I go out in public, it puts others at ease to be around me. So even though I am not 100% sure of the effectiveness of wearing one, I do know that by wearing one others will feel more at ease around me and what is a minor inconvenience for me can mean a lot to others I encounter.
It comes down to the message on the mask in my picture- Spread Kindness. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.