The Covid-19 pandemic has made the term ‘Essential Worker’ and every day term. I found this definition after a quick ‘Google’ search: “According to the U..S Department of Homeland Security, essential workers are those who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continue critical infrastructure operations.
It’s easy to see how those on the front lines of medicine, science, logistics, energy, agriculture, first responders and technology are considered ‘essential’. But, many people raised their eyebrows and the world shut down that liquor stores remained open while churches were closed. Hmmmmm.
Then there are overlooked the ‘essential’ workers such as sanitation professionals. As many celebrated medical, retail, logistics, and other workers many people failed to mention the sanitation workers that make sure our society is free of the filth that allowed the Black Plague to ravage Europe.
But, what about entertainers? Should they be considered essential workers? As Americans and people around the world spent time at home, we consumed the ‘inventory’ of entertainment and creativity on video and streaming platforms. People had countless hours that they passed by enjoying the talents, and creativity of those whose career is to entertain us.
From movies to music to poetry to literature to sports…how much do the essential workers on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19 rely on entertainers to unwind, relax and recharge their batteries before they go back into battle. How much does enjoying our favorite entertainers help us to ‘release the pressures’ of the extreme challenges in these trying times?
What if restrictions restrained actors, singers, artists, musicians, comedians, athletes…those who entertain us from creating new work? How long would that being to show an effect on our society?
Think about the fact that God gave people these gifts of creativity for a reason. There is a time and a place for everything under the sun…
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (NKJV)
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time [a]to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
How ‘essential’ is being entertained to your life? What have you enjoyed since the pandemic started? What would your life be like without it?
Even laughter can be a ministry…ARE YOU A MINISTER OF LAUGHTER?