164 days. As I am writing this to you, my calendar reminds me that it has been 164 days since COVID 19 made its entrance into our world and our daily lives. It has been a time of adjustment and change in so many ways. While the times have certainly been challenging, I also believe that it has been a time for all of us to learn things (or relearn things) that we need to know on our faith journey through life. I recently came across an article written by a friend and I want to share it with you.
“During this pandemic it is easy to see bad things happening all around us. However, with a biblical view on our circumstances it may become clearer that what God could be doing during this time of taking things away is actually giving us something wonderful and eternal - Himself!
Here are 10 things that I am learning from Him during this time:
1. The most precious people on the planet are the ones that live with me (or used to live with me).
2. Church gatherings are one of the most undervalued and underappreciated events in the whole world.
3. Busyness has a false sense of accomplishment while stillness feels deceptively like idleness.
4. Prayer is vastly undervalued and significantly underutilized.
5. Petty disagreements and the little things that tend to consume us are even pettier and smaller when compared to eternity.
6. Selfishness resides in me in places that I have never noticed and is displayed in ways that I have never seen before.
7. Time has one direction–forward.
8. No one is guaranteed tomorrow.
9. Redeeming today requires a pace of life that we are unfamiliar with– it is not a faster one but a slower one. Choose those things that cannot be taken away and live at a slower pace and treasure each moment more.
10. This life is short and there are many ways to squander it, but only one way to redeem it: love Jesus with your whole life, and love Him above all else. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain!” (Phil. 1:21).
What about you? What is God teaching you during these unprecedented days? I encourage you to take the time and reflect and think about those things that are truly important in the living and experiencing of life. One day, (I hope and pray) this pandemic will be over. I trust that the thing that we are beginning to learn and implement in our lives will be long-lasting and prove to be the tools that God allows to shape our lives into living more intentionally for Him every day.
Thank you so much for being who you are! You are a blessing beyond measure. I am so grateful for the many ways that you reflect the love of Jesus. Thank you for your prayers and support. Thank you for being an encourager throughout this time of change and adaptation. Thank you to our church staff, our deacons, our ensemble, our musicians, our technical/audio/visual worship team and a host of so many more for all that you have done and are doing! And thank YOU for being a part of this journey of faith. Let’s keep pressing on – with our eyes fixed on Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith!
You are loved – so very much