5 Good Things That Can Come From 1 Bad Virus

There is nothing “good” about COVID-19.

But what good can come from it?

Instead of only hurting us, how might it help us?

I’m seeing some of the good; you probably are as well.

Easter 2020 was like no other before. The buildings were empty, the message was online, and millions of people heard the good news of Jesus Christ.  

This could possibly be the largest reach ever. Prayers continue for millions of salvations world-wide.

One of my prayers for Easter 2020 is that everyone who said yes to the person and message of Jesus would stick to their yes! I pray the Holy Spirit, and the follow up of the church would help each one connect in a genuine and ongoing relationship with their Savior.

The big question is, how will we cultivate the good while we fight the bad during COVID-19?

You may not feel like all five of these “good things” are within your grasp right now.

If only one or two, good! Go for it! It’s not a scoreboard, or performance-oriented, it’s a way of living.

5 good things that each of us can cultivate:

Things that boost strength, resilience, and hope.

1) Generosity

The heart of generosity was core to the New Testament Church and is still alive and well today.

Meeting the needs of others is part of the good about who we are as human beings. Even in our fallen nature, we intuitively know the right thing to do.

Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to do the right thing.

Generosity is on the rise, with no strings attached, and everyone can jump in.

One you probably read about was Tyler Perry buying groceries for thousands of seniors and at-risk individuals. He paid the bill at 29 Winn-Dixie stores and 44 Kroger stores. Thousands in Atlanta and New Orleans were blessed, to say the least.

That was certainly on a grand scale, but so many others are doing similar things but for one person at a time.

  • Families are helping each other cover bills.
  • Neighbors are sharing more than before.
  • Churches are stepping up big time to do all they can through benevolence.

The heart and hands of generosity are bringing hope to many in this difficult season.

2) Community

There is a strong and growing sense that we are all in this together.

Relationships are best in person, but we can still experience a sense of genuine connection through digital platforms.

In the last few weeks, I’ve enjoyed some of the most meaningful phone conversations, social media connects, and facetime chats that I can remember in a long time.

When community and unity increase, division and discord decrease.

Things like division and judging still exist, but those who live there are not extended much credibility.

People are looking for ways to connect, and it’s not just in response to isolation. It’s a deeper recognition of our need for each other.

When we travel through our days at break-neck speeds conquering our to-do lists, it’s possible to lose sight of what together means. It’s difficult to be together when we are always in motion.

We now have the opportunity to find community in the most unique circumstances. It’s not easy with social distancing, but we are finding new ways.

3) Clarity

I don’t like isolation and “shelter in place” any more than you do, but it’s teaching me some things.

My schedule is (surprisingly) very full, but it moves at a slower pace right now. That just means I’m not “running” from one thing to the next. I’m not driving very much, and my transitions are more deliberate.

That time and space allow me to focus better on what is truly important.

  • I’m a new grandfather, “Papa,” in our family. My granddaughter, Anza, has stolen my heart at just two months old. Anza is a beautiful reminder of what is important.
  • My friend Gary, in ICU on a ventilator, reminds me daily about what matters as I pray for him.
  • Jesus meeting me in my prayer room in deep and meaningful ways keeps me centered on what matters to God.

None of these stories represent something we didn’t care about before, but they all bring clarity right now.

Clarity about what is important, about what matters. And here’s the “surprise”…

Everything that matters, all that is important, in every single situation, is people.

There are no exceptions. It’s people!

OK, that’s not a surprise.

But it’s real, and it’s powerful. In fact, it can be life-changing if we intentionally do whatever it takes to continue to live out this truth that we’ve always known.

That’s what’s hard. When we get to the “other side,” and we will, what will we remember about what we have learned, and how will we live differently?

Maybe, like me, it requires nothing more than slowing down, even just a little.

4) Creativity

The creativity and ingenuity that is rising up during COVID-19 is incredible.

Researchers and scientists are putting their best minds and energies into finding a cure.

Creative and resourceful thinking is producing home-made masks that help save lives.

One wedding was held at home with just immediate family, and everyone who would have attended drove by their house at an appointed time and honked. That must have been fun!

Our family celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday by all standing outside in their back yard, holding signs, and singing happy birthday!

This unprecedented time is an incredible opportunity for the church to rise up in creativity to reach people for Jesus and help them mature in their faith.

There are so many possibilities for creativity and innovation, including:

  • Family devotions online
  • Next-gen ministries online
  • New follow up systems for guests and those that commit to Christ
  • Better streaming capacities
  • More productive social media
  • New methods for leader meetings
  • Innovative ways for training

and the list goes on.

Two good things about all this creativity in the church:

  1. Some of it will stick as a new way of doing things even after we get to go back to our church buildings and worship together again.
  2. We will remember we can do more than we think, and better than we imagined when the heat is on!

 5) Sacrifice

I am humbled by so many first responders and especially our health-care workers. They are on the front lines and risking their own safety and welfare for the lives of others.

You probably know a doctor, nurse, or hospital staff member. Thousands of us are praying for them daily, asking God to protect them as they serve others.

You may not be called or equipped to serve on the front lines. But we can all do something, from prayer to making home-made masks.

It’s not just in the field of health; the economy also benefits by sacrifice. Delta Airlines announced that approximately 10,000 employees have voluntarily taken unpaid leave. This leave or furlough is a double-edged economic sword but clearly helps Delta get through the crisis.

I pray your job is secure and even prosperous, but if you are employed, you may have the opportunity to help someone else.

Sacrifice is a deep thing to consider.

Sacrifice is not about performance, guilt, or a scoreboard. It’s between you and God. This may or not be your moment for sacrifice, just be attentive to God.

… Five good things that can come from one bad virus.

We are all in this together. I hope this encourages you to help increase what is good.

13 thoughts on “5 Good Things That Can Come From 1 Bad Virus”


    This is an amazing post and I can relate to every single point. As a Christian soldier, and a minister of the Gospel, our Foundation has given more in the last 3 months than we have ever given in the same period in the last 10 years (generosity). We have also had to keep in touch with family and friends at this time like never before (community). Of course it is true that people remain the core wakeup call at this time – nothing remains so important (clarity). At the office, we designed hands free hand washing devises that made us not touch the soap and water so eliminate contact even in such a good device. In ministry, had to embrace a lot of embrace means to preach the Gospel, teach and pray and like you said the best time and opportunity of the Church, nowadays I get over 350 persons go through my status on whatsapp and that’s amazing (creativity). Lastly, being in the military, its been a great time of sacrifice and I am so glad you wrote this. Thank you sir and God keep you all strong at this time when we believe the global narrative of the number of the Church will change to over 4 billion. Hallelujah and Happy Resurrection.

    1. Babatunde,

      What a great testimony! You are doing so much good!
      Keep it up! We all appreciate what you are doing!


  2. What a refreshing perspective and reframed my entire Monday morning! Thank you for your steadfast leadership as you support us during this interesting time. Trusting Jesus as we find the #PowerInThePause!

    1. Hey Kat,

      Glad this boosted your Monday morning. COVID-19 is a serious problem that needs real solutions, but I truly believe if we stay focused on what is positive we will all go through this time better and perhaps get through it faster.


  3. Gerald Polmateer

    Today I read this article https://www.lifesitenews.com/mobile/opinion/numbers-dont-line-up-case-for-panicking-over-coronavirus-is-falling-apart?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0fd_qLAyxygn8VyLXF1oYb7GFP3ioBBky_Xg95d6VzmmoEOdQctSBk-rY

    According to that article not all states are doing the same thing. Recently I read that Sweden is ignoring what we are doing in most states.

    The young people I know are skeptical just like we were when we saw the long lines at the gas pumps and you could go across the border into Canada where there were no long lines and gas was much cheaper. Then we were told that service station owners were being paid to store fuel.

    What do you believe is the proper way to respond, especially for those who are skeptical?

    1. Good morning Gerald,

      I don’t have those answers, but my opinion is that because the virus is real, we need to do everything possible to fight it. If some are taking advantage of the pandemic, we need to let it go. Let’s focus on solutions.

      PS Gas is super cheap here in Atlanta.


  4. Ayodeji Adeniji

    Dear Dan Reiland, your posts are always a blessing to me and I always look forward to it. Thank you for always being a blessing

  5. Dr. Dan Barton

    Dan, because of servant heart and your practical, timely words of wisdom, (not only now but, throughout the years), I feel like I know you. But I know I don’t know you! What I do know, is that you and I both know the one knows us. He knows that I needed to know many of the things that you know. So he sent you to invest in me in ways that you don’t know and you will never know till we get to heaven and He says: “Dan, I want to show you something that you don’t know!”

    1. Hey Dan,

      Good to hear from you, thanks for your note! Encouraging and cleverly written!

      Blessings to you and I trust you are staying safe and healthy!


  6. Dan, on page 95 of your Amplified Leadership book you mention the areas of training that you provide interns. What books or materials do you use for this training?
    Incidentally, I have gleaned much from your book as a leader.

  7. “Five good things that can come from one bad virus.
    We are all in this together. I hope this encourages you to help increase what is good.”



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