How to Fight Off This Dangerous Virus
By David Outten, Contributing Writer
The world’s reaction to the coronavirus has been unlike anything ever experienced. Most movie theaters and churches are closed. Grocery stores have many empty shelves. The stock market has dropped by almost a third, the government is working on unheard of bailouts, and the news media is covering the crisis almost wall to wall.
We all await the dissipation of virus concerns and a return to life as normal, but there is a health lesson we should learn from this experience. There’s a difference between wisdom and fear. Social distancing and things like the shutdown of schools, churches and theaters may indeed be wisdom — as is personal responsible behavior — but fear is not.
The human body is beautifully designed to fight off viruses. Many people exposed to COVID-19 did not come down with the symptoms, or a clinical case of the virus, because their immune system crushed the virus as it entered their bodies. Your immune system crushes all sorts of nasty bugs all day every day.
What the immune system doesn’t crush is fear.
Fear is not a physical virus. White blood cells cannot destroy it. You can’t even see it in a microscope. It’s a spiritual virus that can spread rapidly. While not physical, it results in profound physical effects. Fear activates the body’s fight and flight capabilities — as in your ability to run or go into physical combat. It focuses the body’s resources away from jobs like digestion and immune system responses. The immune system works its very best when you’re at peace and resting (not even digesting).
Most of what happens in your body is managed by your subconscious mind. You only rarely breath with conscious effort, you have very little conscious control over your digestion (other than what you choose to eat). However you can influence decisions made by your subconscious by managing your emotions.
To boost the abilities of your immune system you need to eat right, get proper rest and exercise and maintain a sense of calm. We are seldom confronted by bears and lions. We get confronted by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. We can control both the amount of our exposure to such fear inducing media and our reaction to it.
In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Bible reads, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” What God does not give you the media will gladly supply.
There’s a wonderful cure for the fear virus. 1 John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” If you set your mind on showing God’s love to others during times like this you wind up looking at difficulties as opportunities.
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