Remember back to a few months ago when the majority of us thought that this virus was a joke and something people were overreacting to?
It was after my family and I came home from worship on a Wednesday night to find out that the NBA was canceled that we realized that this wasn’t a small joke anymore because America loves their sports, one does not simply cancel them, and yet, they did.
Now here we are, most of us have been in lockdown or a shelter-in-place of some sort and it’s starting to feel like this will never end and like this is our new normal.
However, everything earthly eventually ends.
If I was going to be dramatic, I would write that this pandemic could last until Jesus comes back, but then, that also could be in the next five minutes so it would still be a short life lived for this virus.
Eventually, we know that this pandemic panic will end and people will start working to put their lives together after being out of work, it might take a while, but this will end.
What shouldn’t end?
This has been a question on my mind lately.
I don’t know about you, but I am ashamed to admit that I’ve listened to more sermons and spent more time in God’s word these two months than I have since the first two months of becoming a Christian.
So, here’s what shouldn’t end when the lockdown does, here’s what we shouldn’t stop doing when we stop social distancing:
1. Taking the time to study God’s word
Like I said before, I am not proud that I’ve been in God’s word more than before, because we should always be in His word and making time to pray to Him.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditates day and night.”-Psalm 1:1-2
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing.
Without ceasing means incessantly, regularly.
Are you incessant with your prayers?
Why does it have to take a pandemic to get us to draw closer to Him? Let it be our hearts, our desire to learn and live for Him that draws us closer, not free time, anxiety, and boredom.
We make time for what is important to us, so let’s make time for the Bible. Let us prioritize Him, even when life gives us additional priorities.
2. Spending time with our families
Y’all know I was homeschooled and that my family is a big homeschool family, you guys also probably know that I agree one hundred percent with my parents’ views on homeschooling over public schooling and the importance of family in daily life.
I feel for the public school families that have been thrust into being together all day when they are not used to it, but I hope that this time has helped many to realize how much they need each other.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”-Ephesians 6:4
I can’t imagine how hard it is to raise your children, especially if both parents work and the kids go off to school, and obviously, I am not one to give parenting advice or anything of that sort.
However, I do hope this time has helped people re-evaluate and come up with plans to continue to grow their relationship with their parents, siblings, and children at this time.
Our relationship with our loved ones matters, and we need to continue to make time for them.
3. Checking on our friends
“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”-1 Thessalonians 5:11
Once again, I didn’t do this as much before, and honestly, I’m still terrible at it.
But during this time, I’m sure most of us have been reaching out to people more often with how are yous? and encouragement.
Why stop after this? Why stop calling or messaging your new sister or brother in Christ to see how they are doing spiritually just because you start seeing them in public again?
Do you know how much people won’t tell you when there’s others around?
Technology is such a blessing in this regard because we can be in touch in six seconds, so why stop using it to be there for others even when you aren’t in person?
I personally dislike talking over the phone, and studying the bible over the phone isn’t my favorite because I cannot read facial expressions and the tone of voice is muffled, but after this, I hope to use technology more in order to reach out to people and then make plans to get together in person.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”-Hebrews 10:23-25
This verse is used in the context of assembly for worship, but as Christians, we should be a part of our brethren’s lives more than just twice a week if possible, we need each other.
4. Being grateful
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”-1 Thessalonians 5:18
A while back I wrote my post The Spoiled Americans, which was on how we are all so spoiled to be complaining about our situations when we are still so rich in the eyes of so many countries and people who simply weren’t born in the same country or with the same privilege as us.
But while I know I’m spoiled and I know others are (sometimes I just say “I’m spoiled” to myself when I want to complain about my circumstances), I’ve seen so much acknowledgment and gratefulness online as well.
I’ve seen people with good hearts for helping others and once again, let’s keep on working on not only being grateful but realizing how blessed we are to be capable of helping others with greater needs than our own.
This pandemic will end, but let us not put the lessons we learned during this time to the side and not to use in our daily lives after.
What would you add to this list?
What are some things you’ve learned in this pandemic?
As always, stay safe and stay in the word.