I haven’t been to school in a while but I’m still learning. It’s been about a year since the global shut down began and we became aware of the Covid-19 outbreak in our country. We are now remembering the lives lost and the lessons learned during this pandemic while figuring out different ways to move forward. I’m praying that we will remain teachable in every season. My prayer is this, Lord teach us your ways whether we are sick or well. Whether the doors are open or closed, the gas prices go up or down, the masks are on or off and whether we gather in person or online we can still learn. Lord help us lean in, listen and learn. Amen
As you know we are in uncertain times with the corona virus ( COVID-19) pandemic that is happening around the globe. I’ve watched the news reports, watched the shelves empty as people shop for basic needs, and watched how we all have become more aware of our hygiene and are cleaning responsibly. This time of pandemic has grabbed our attention, changed our focus to mini retreats of being at home with one another. It has brought a whole new meaning for me to the staycation, the stay at home, the telecommute, and the overall virtual experience. I’m learning the real value of quiet time and solitude, but even more the value of gratitude. I’m learning to pull over, turn off, be still and listen to God speak. I’m learning to dial in, plug in, connect and reach out in various communication forms. My takeaways are becoming giveaways. I’ve lost some things materially but I’ve gained much more spiritually. Maybe God has to take away our jobs and the stress, in order for us to give away words of comfort, encouragement and hope to others. Maybe God has to take away our consumption of time spent focusing on mindless activities in order for us to be more mindful of Him and who He is. I’m learning God is still in control of my life and I don’t have to quarantine the gospel. I’m learning to just share it. I may have to stay at home but the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t have to. The messages of hope found only in Christ Jesus have the power to overcome anxiety, hopelessness, panic and fear. Here are a few scriptures to help us meditate on and share with others. (John 3:16, Romans 8:28-31, Luke 12:22-24)
I’ve learned that it is ok to feel the pressure but it’s not ok to pressure myself. You know that feeling of wanting to get it right, get it all done, and get it all together can be overwhelming. Taking on more than we need to can be a way of putting pressure on ourselves. I’m here to tell you, that you don’t have to add anything more to life’s daily to-do list. You can pace yourself through it. By pacing, I mean sometimes things will go quick and sometimes they move slower. Everything you do doesn’t have to be a sprint, a fast-action drama, a fast forward or a speed race. Clocks will keep on ticking no matter what, so think of your pace before pressuring yourself to do more than you can handle. Now that’s what I call living on pitch! What are you pressuring yourself to do or accomplish? How will you pace yourself today?
I found myself saying we’re going to do this my way as I sat down to work on a project with friends. My way was ok but it wasn’t the only way. When I stopped to listen to others and look at the project in a different way it became clear that my way wasn’t exactly the right way. I learned a good lesson that day. I learned that whenever I say it’s my way or the highway, that it is never God’s way. The Bible says love does not insist on its own way. Which way have you been going?
Have you ever had to make a hard turn? I am not talking about driving in your car but in life?