It’s a pandemic. Most of us have never had to navigate such news. The Coronavirus COVID-19 is here and we are getting inundated with survival emails, productivity emails, hope-filled emails, and the list goes on. One thing is definite, this is unchartered territory.
As an extroverted introvert, social distancing is not too terribly hard. Like many, I enjoy being home in my stretchy yoga pants and a baggy sweatshirt. But this feels eminently different. It is the fear of the unknown that has many of us reeling. Here's what I know to be true. God is still on the throne and in control. God provides the manna we need each day. None of this is a surprise to God, for He is sovereign over all. Let’s choose to let go and lean into the Lord.
Here are some thoughts to gently keep us moving forward on a daily basis:
Start each day in the Word. Trying not to sound like a broken record, but this is truly a life-giving activity. It helps with perspective and sets the tone for the day. God’s peace is unlike that of this world.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Make your bed and get dressed for the day. It's surprising how this simple act will breed more productivity for the day. Give it a try!
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Exercise. Even though gyms are closed, the family pooch would love a good ole’ fashioned walk. There are numerous YouTube routines available as well. Our mind, body, and spirit will say thank you!
"For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:20
Satan rushes, but God guides. When feeling the urge to rush out and hoard supplies, remember who is quickening the spirit.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Help out! During these trying times, the elderly in families have no idea how to tackle this pandemic. They can become easily overwhelmed. Technology is often an added stressor; internet ordering and curbside pick-up are a mystery to this group. Help coordinate these efforts. Be a blessing!
“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8
Live intentionally. This is the time to enjoy our nuclear families. Have dinner around the table. Set up a puzzle that everyone can enjoy. Call an elderly neighbor or a new Mom and ask what they may need. Lean in and listen.
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4
While these quiet times may seem deafening to some, trust that God has a plan in all of this. Doubt sees the obstacles, faith sees the opportunities.
Here’s one final question:
What is your gifting?
Use that gift to be part of the productive solution. If you are a Teacher, be available by phone to Moms who are home-schooling. If you are an Encourager, call/text/facetime someone who might need a pick-me-up. If you are a Leader, continue to lead. You get the idea. As Christian life coaches, we are here for you! Perhaps, you may want to take advantage of our FREE Discovery Call. As helpers, we are here and want to help!