Update:  Well, instead of feeling like a Mac truck ran over me, I've upgraded myself to a small box truck.  This virus seems to be running its course.  Please keep Betty in prayer.  It takes longer for her to recover from these things.  

What have I learned by being sick and out of commission for the last few days?

Nothing matters except feeling better.  You know that you cannot do an excellent job if you feel bad.

You appear rude, but you're just exhausted.  I didn't have the energy to respond to phone calls or texts.  Most people are understanding, but still, you feel like a jerk.

You know that you're getting behind in your responsibilities, but there is something you can do about it?

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

You and I often allow this world or other people to prioritize our feelings and actions.  God didn't create you to be a follower of everyone.  He created you to be a leader in your world.  But for that to happen, you need to know what's important.

What did God create you to do?  The key here is to have a complete understanding.  Sure you might be a parent or spouse, but what else?  There's more!

Don't be afraid to say NO.  No is a wise word.  While the others want you to say yes, yes, yes - usually for selfish reasons.  You need to do what you know is going to be the biggest blessing to them.

Clean house if you need to.  When Betty and I start feeling better, we start cleaning the house.  We disinfect everything.  Wash the sheets, dishes, and anything else we have touched.  It simplifies our lives when we do that.  Don't be afraid to throw away the clutter in your life.

Look forward.  Don't lament about the situation you are in.  It's ok to get a realistic grip on the job.  But choose to pursue a future out of it rather than wallowing in it.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to focus on You and help me to do it with all my heart.  AMEN