A while back, I received an email from a church leader that said, “I Love You!” in the subject line. By the time I saw it, she had followed it with another email saying, “Do NOT Open my last email!” It was a computer virus. I have to admit, however, I was a little disappointed. It’s not every day you get a message from someone professing their love.
Computer viruses are a problem – but nothing compared to the other contagions that are present in our world. There was a study out of Notre Dame a few years ago that showed that negative thinking is actually contagious. In a study of college students, they found that after a 6-month period one roommate with a negative disposition could actually infect the other roommate who had previously been optimistic. And if that isn’t bad enough – there are other studies out there that tell us that obesity is contagious. In other words, your friends and family may be making you fat!
Fortunately, joy, love and hope are also contagious. So, choose carefully who you will allow to “infect” you – and think carefully about any pathogens you might be passing on. And remember, “I love you” and so does Jesus!