I’ve found myself thinking about things I would never have thought I would be thinking about. (Have fun with that sentence.) But COVID19 and the stay-at-home mandate has provided me this weird and awkward opportunity — to think about things I normally wouldn’t have thought about. I’m forced to think differently and perhaps I actually need too especially because my actions may have consequences that might impact someone’s life and health. Think about how many of the daily decisions you make that might have health consequences for others.
For me it’s simple. Just a quick stop at the grocery store for ground beef or wine run is not an action of potential harm. But it could be and I now have to think that way. Routine aspects of my daily life and my decision-making matter. The stakes are higher. The constant inner dialogue of “I want to” (insert whatever activity) and the moral imperative to do no harm is activated. The struggle is on and it gets exhausting because there is an actual virus. My brain gets tired of the debate and when that happens, according to Dr. Michael Baur, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, “is where moral fatigue comes in.” Brain fatigue makes it easier to forget your mask or gather with others, or… or… or.
When our brains get fatigued we allow ourselves to become lazy and dismissive to our connectedness and interdependence. We’re now forced to think and act differently. Dr. Baur writes: “Now, small types of interaction can have severe consequences. It requires an added level of mental effort, carefulness and reflectiveness.”
We have ways to go before our wandering in the wilderness is over. So let’s not become causal in our decision making nor give into brain fatigue. Stay intentional, live careful and be thoughtful.
Scripture Reading: John 20:24-29
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut,Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
How do you respond to being fatigued?
What are your demands for a deeper faith?
Who looks like Christ to you?
Holy God, help me to be more aware of my actions and responses, especially those that impact others. Thank you for this day and the peace that you have given me. Amen.
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Jeannette Ruggiano and Kathy Heitz have been making face masks.
Jackie Fountaine had a good idea. If you have some extra time on your hands, send a card to folks in a nursing facilities and/or assisted living facilities.
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