May 7, 2020

I am certain that everyone agrees my face is truly one of the great marvels of the modern age. I know this is true because there are times when I see Shannon staring at me. This usually happens after I have said something incredibly intelligent or done something brilliant. But I know deep down she is simply so awestruck by my handsomeness that she cannot help but stare. That’s the only explanation that makes sense. It’s my face.

Having said that, I have chosen do so something that goes against my nature. I have chosen to cover up my face. Whenever I go into a store, I wear a mask. The reason is simple. While covering my face makes the world a more dreary place and robs people of much needed joy, I am doing my part to protect others from the coronavirus.

Excuses I’ve heard for not wearing a mask range from “It’s hard to breathe,” to “No government agency is going to tell me what to do.” My deeply intelligent, well thought out, theological response is, “Give me a break.”

I truly believe one of the most visible signs of love during this time of crisis is to wear a mask in public.

While I don’t want to expose people to my germs, I also don’t want to be exposed to theirs.

Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

I know that some who will read this morning’s devotional are as impressed with their looks as I am with mine. But being extraordinarily good looking cannot be used as an excuse for not wearing a mask. It is the right thing for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ.

Some may disagree with me. If you do, please hear my loving response: “Wrong answer!”

Show the world love. Wear a mask.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me demonstrate love in a world that is filled with sickness and fear. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Just for the record, Shannon made me some designer masks. So, even though I am wearing a mask, I still look good. Just saying.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins

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