How do we keep the “normal” in a world that is different than it used to be? Dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19 has been challenging, even daunting. It may be a while before we ever get back to a normal. So what can we do in the meantime? Yes, things have slowed down and sped up at the same time; schools and businesses closed, worship places closed. These are things we have not experienced. We must persevere. We must adapt; we must learn and grow and we must be patient. How the COVID-19 virus is impacting us for now is more psychological than physical for most of us. Working from home with kids in the house is challenging; some livelihoods are at risk; and people are worried about their families in other places. People are concerned about their job security and their financial security for the future and more. Therefore, I want to offer some thoughts about how to persevere.
- Take seriously what it means to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and to lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- “Consider the birds of the air: they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. And are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26
- Pray more. Sit down and write a prayer. I am mindful that those in other places and nations are experiencing the effect of this epidemic in much more serious ways than we are here in Augusta.
- Clean out a closet. Be ready to take some bags of clothes to the Clothes Closet when it opens. (And volunteer to help sort all the donations!)
- Take a walk. It’s a great way to center yourself and get rid of cabin fever.
- Help the economy by remotely supporting local businesses however you can.
- Do something for someone else. Write a note to someone or make a call of encouragement.
In our recent study on “Anxious for Nothing” we have been learning how to be C.A.L.M.
C – Celebrate God’s goodness
A – Ask God for help
L – Leave your concerns with him
M – Meditate on good things
Wash your hands and be at peace.
Blessings to you,