Three W’s may be good reminders and prescriptions for health, safety, and hope in our world today. They make it easy to remember new behaviors that are now commonly accepted in the midst of pandemic. The letter W issues a call to (1) wash hands often; (2) wear masks when in public; and (3) watch our distance around others.
Washing hands may or may not prevent spread of covid19 germs, but it does wash away many germs and bacteria. That has to keep us healthier in some ways.
Wearing masks may or may not prevent spread of covid19 germs, but it decreases likelihood of breathing in many germs and bacteria. That must keep us safer in some ways.
Watching our distance to keep at least 6 feet away from others may or may not prevent spread of covid19 germs, but it protects us and others from transmission of many germs and bacteria. This social distancing surely promotes health and safety of us all.
To commit behaviors intentionally that are good for me gives me hope. I have a more positive attitude if I feel I am doing the right things to prevent illness especially if the illness is potentially serious. So I wash, wear, watch, and hope. Also I pray, which is always good for increasing my hope.
Health, safety, and hope relate not only to my physical being but to my spiritual being as well. It can not be wise to be concerned only with my physical body and ignore my spiritual being, which is far more important. Based on Biblical teaching I believe that my physical body will return to dust someday while my spirit is eternal so will live forever.
Therefore I will be sure I have asked Jesus Christ to wash me by His blood that was shed for all humanity to pay our sin debt. He alone can cleanse me from all sin and leave me whiter than snow.
“Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)
I will be sure I now wear his garments and that I am clothed in His righteousness. He alone can wrap me in robes of righteousness leaving me forgiven.
“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)
I will watch my distance and be intentional to remain near His love, mercy, and grace. He promised to never leave me nor forsake me, but I need to be constantly aware of His presence and choose to abide in His love and care.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15::4)
If I choose Him and His way of salvation, then I will be healthier, safer, and more hopeful in this world and better suited for the world to follow. Unlike this sin-infected and death-ravaged world, the world to come will be perfectly perfect. Christ Jesus will rule and reign, and there will be no more sin, death, sorrow, nor tears.
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
I now allow the 3 W’s to remind me of Biblical truths that fill me with hope. They are the best prescription available and just what the Great Physician ordered!
“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.'” (Mark 2:17)