CAIN...AS IN THE GUY WHO KILLED HIS BROTHER, ABEL
CONNECTING CAIN AND COVID
You are probably wondering how I can connect Cain with COVID-19, the enemy of the day. Stick with me for a minute and hopefully, you'll be able to see where I am going with this.
For my connection, I'm not comparing Cain to COVID. I'm comparing Cain's reactions and choices to our reactions and choices to the current pandemic. Allow me to elaborate...
What do we know about Cain?
Here's where my connection comes in...are you still with me?
Cain chose to disobey God, to love Satan more than God, and to kill his brother. He chose to make an offering that he knew would be unacceptable to God, but he did it anyway. To be fair, maybe he didn't fully understand why the offering had to be the firstling of his flock. But, that doesn't matter. He was asked to make the offering in faith and he chose not to. All of the consequences that came along with all of those choices he had to deal with because he exercised his agency and chose for himself.
We also have a choice during and after this pandemic. We have a choice to live through this time exercising our faith in God. We have a choice to come out on the other side better people, kinder people, more understanding and empathetic people. Or, we can choose to be bitter about all the rules and regulations and cancellations. We can choose to come out on the other side with more biases, more anger, and less empathy than what we started with.
The connection is...just like Cain had a choice...we have a choice.
I love this quote from Joseph Fielding Smith:
WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE?
Every single person on this planet has a choice to make. How will you come out of this pandemic? Will it change you for the better or for the worse? Will you allow it to help you see people with more empathy or with more disdain?
Will the unknowns propel you to search for answers from accurate sources or will you continue to trust everything you see on Facebook? I get it. It's hard to find the truth. And...just when you think you've found a truth, something else comes out that makes you second guess that truth. It's a world in commotion and finding truth so you can make educated and wise decisions is a difficult task, but I know we can do it.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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