Contagious much? #1Word5voices @umrethinkchurch #rethinkchurch #spreadjoy


I got out of the cold and flu season without getti–OH WAIT.  I missed out on going to the premier of The Hobbit with some friends because I puked in a Walgreen’s bathroom earlier that day.

Forgot about that.

It’s easy to forget about being sick when you’re healthy.  Have you ever thought about that?  Can you relate?  Until I was literally typing that sentence, I completely forgot about experiencing the worst I felt in the past decade.  Why is that?  It’s not like I don’t vividly remember the entire situation now, including the awful drive home.

What is it about us that causes us to forget the hard times in life when everything is going well for us?

I have no idea who gave me those viral flu friends of fun that day, but it was c-o-n-t-a-g-i-o-u-s.  Like, über contagious.  I’ve successfully fought off colds and sour stomachs before, but there was no getting around this.  The flu could not be stopped that day, my friends.

Contagious much - 4-15-13 - 1 - kleenex in nose

There’s so much negative stuff in this world that’s unstoppably contagious.  Things like sickness, bad news, rumors, fear of nukes, negative attitudes, malicious videos of people, and hatred.  It’s enough to make a person as sick as the über flu.

So what are the positive things that can be contagious?

Laughs and smiles are contagious.  Yawns, too.  Positive attitudes get around pretty easy.  So does good news.

What if the things you were passionate about were even more contagious?  What if they went viral?  Things like spreading joy, forgiving a family member, or stopping human trafficking?  Those are marks of the Kingdom of God.

“Again he asked, ‘How shall I explain the Kingdom of God?  The Kingdom of God is like über flu during the holiday shopping season.  The tiny virus spread from hands to dollars to hands until it worked all through the department store.”*

The Kingdom of God is supposed to be contagious.  Back hundreds of years ago, followers of Jesus risked their lives by rescuing victims of the plague, who had been left for dead in pagan temples.  They nursed those people back to health.  Some of the Christ followers died from catching the plague.  Some lived.  They disregarded the danger.

Guess who the plague victims started worshiping after they recovered?  They started worshiping the same God who rescued them from their sins.

Following Jesus became more contagious than the plague.

So spread joy.  Sneeze grace.  Exude forgiveness from your pores.  Go viral.

Become contagious, in the name of Jesus.


#1word5voicesThis #1Word5voices thing is something four friends of mine concocted together.  During Lent of 2013, we challenged ourselves by posting on a word a day that Rethink Church came up with for Instagram.  It kicked our butts so much We liked it so much that we decided to post on a word once a month, on the fifteenth.  Click on the hashtag #1Word5voices to find my other friends Heather, Lindsay, Shawn, and Stephanie.  Enjoy!


*This isn’t really in the Bible.  I devised a new parable based on some of Jesus’ rad ones.  (Look, Mom, I made a parable!)


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
This entry was posted in #1Word5voices, Kingdom of God and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Contagious much? #1Word5voices @umrethinkchurch #rethinkchurch #spreadjoy

  1. I thunk the same thunks you thunked…less the vomit talk. That’s just gross. 🙂

Share your thoughts, broski! (And you, too, senioritas!)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s