A Decision of Love for Myself (And the Multitudes)

Seek the Lord and pray about your decision to get a Coronavirus vaccine shot today!

It is April 2021. The Coronavirus pandemic has not ended yet.

Lately, I have been scrolling through my news feed to see what the latest on the news is concerning the Coronavirus pandemic. Because of the impact of what I saw on the news concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, I decided to get the Coronavirus vaccine (Pfizer).

I prayed about getting the vaccine before I made the decision to get the vaccine. I considered what my friends were saying concerning conspiracy theories and things that I simply did not believe were true. I also considered my health because I believe that God would want to see me well and healthy, as His daughter who serves Him.

~”But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”~Isaiah 40:31, NIV~

I put my hope in the Lord throughout the time that I decided to get the Coronavirus vaccine. I got the first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine at the beginning of April 2021 and plan to get the second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine at the end of April 2021.

It was not an easy decision to get the Coronavirus vaccine. I did not want to face ridicule by my some of my close friends, who did not believe, in getting the Coronavirus vaccine. At the same time, I knew that my health was more important than the opinions and judgments made by some of my close friends.

I used the careful wisdom and discernment regarding my interactions about the Coronavirus vaccine with my close friends. One of my close friends told me that she did not believe in getting the Coronavirus vaccine because of conspiracy theories that she heard about concerning the vaccine on the news.

When she told me this, I only thought that what was being projected on the news was making it worse for my friend to accept that it is okay to receive the Coronavirus vaccine and to make a decision to receive the Coronavirus vaccine. I kept my conversation with this friend humble and kind so as to keep the conversation as a friend would to another friend.

~”A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”~Proverbs 17:17, ESV~

~”Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”~Colossians 4:6, NIV~

As I remembered how Jesus interacted with the Pharisees and those who did not agree with Him, this is how I interacted with this friend, who did not agree with my decision to get the Coronavirus vaccine. I treated her with the love of Christ so that she can know and receive God’s love in that interaction with her as she knows that the God who I serve is a God of love.

~”The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”~Jeremiah 31:3, NIV~

I pray that your interactions with those concerning the Coronavirus vaccine (regardless of whether or not you choose to get the Coronavirus vaccine), is out of love for the other person and that the person feels loved by you and by God regardless of the choice you make to get the Coronavirus vaccine. I pray for peace, love and unity in the days ahead. God bless you!

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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