Earlier this year, we found ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We were all in this tragedy together. What should we do? How should we react? Should we follow the advice of governments to stay home, even though we knew we weren’t carriers? Should we insist on getting the last 10 packages of toilet paper? Should we hurry to the story just as it opened to take any hand sanitizer that might have been put on the shelves overnight?
We all experienced the results of people caught up in the panic buying of the moment. As my wife stood in the isle trying to decide what box of instant rice to purchase, someone came up behind her, excused himself, and then put all of the boxes in his cart…
What should we do? How should we react? In such situations, should we be nice to people? Or should we follow the examples of most of the rest of the world and be nasty?
In Sherbrooke, Quebec, a security guard in a local Walmart stood at the door. It was his job to enforce social distancing, as well as to ensure that there weren’t too many customers at one time in the story. And he did his job well. I supposed it can even be said he did his job too well, for he was not popular among certain Walmart patrons who didn’t want to be told how to shop.
One such patron took matters into his own hands. He got into his car and rammed into that security guard outside that Walmart. The guard flew up onto the hood of the car, but eventually fell onto the pavement below. He was sent to hospital where he was placed on life support due to multiple fractures and head injury. He was eventually placed in a medically-induced coma.
If he had been conscience, I’m sure the security guard might have asked himself why he even went to work that day. The job itself put him at risk of contracting the deadly virus. And now, thanks to someone who cared more about his own “rights” than about the well-being of other people, he was in a fight for his life.
At the time this was written, we do not know if this security guard survived. We can only pray he does. Wouldn’t it be better if we all loved the way Jesus does? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34 NIV).
It doesn’t matter what bad circumstances we are facing. Let’s forgive and show love to one another. Remember, when we give a flower to someone, it can go a long way towards changing that person’s life; and it is so much better than hurting them. If your motivation is pure love, you can be assured that you will never make a mistake.
Oh, and just to show that the whole world didn’t succumb to the selfishness seen in so many through COVID-19, local residents of Sherbrooke, Quebec donated over $100,000 to the security guard’s family.
No matter what the stresses and pressures of life facing you right now, resist the urge to only think of your own wellbeing. Instead, show love!