It’s that time of year again.
The weathers cold, the noses are runny, the coughs are back.
Time for us Christians to tell the biggest lie we tell all year.
What is it?
“I’m not contagious anymore.”
This is singlehandedly the biggest falsehood.
How come we all become medical professionals when it comes to diagnosing the precise moment we’re no longer contagious?
And how come that moment always so precisely syncs up with the day you want to go back to work or church?
Because that’s what happens. You sit next to someone at work, and they cough loudly. For eight hours. They take Mucinex (worst/best mascot ever). They down Fisherman’s Friends cough drops like they were trying to fight scurvy. Their cubicle smells like eucalyptus. They have a six pack of leeches on their forearm to suck out the bad blood. And when you make eye contact with them, they immediately say, “Sorry about the cough, but don’t worry, I’m not contagious anymore.”
Say instead, “I’m not going to use vacation days just because I’m wildly contagious.” Or “I’m really excited about going to Panama City Beach this summer, so I’m going to work sick for a few days and see if I can get this thing to piggy back you instead. You want to share a Coke?”
Be honest, have you ever told someone you aren’t contagious anymore?
(I know I have.)