Like you, I am spending a lot of time at home. We are trying to do our part to stay healthy and keep our city and community safe. I admit that I’m not used to staying in so much. I like to be out and about, moving and on the go. “Lord, what is it You want me to do?” is a prayer I often pray. At the end of my days on this earth, I want the Lord to say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:23). So, now that we find ourselves in a different way of living (for who knows how long) how can we make the most of our time? Here are a few of my thoughts and practices during this time of “social distancing.”
- Take this time to develop a deeper devotional life. Sadly, most Christians offer God the crumbs of a leftover schedule. More time on our hands means we can read the Word of God without being in a hurry. We can pray and not worry about having to be somewhere. My practice is to spend about an hour each day just being with God and then reading and soaking in His Word for another half hour. This may seem too much for you, but discipline yourself to develop an appetite for the things of God. This will enrich your soul!
- Keep connected with people. If you have family or friends who live with you, do your part to share with them. Talk, laugh, play games, and just enjoy each other’s company. Also, social distancing doesn’t mean we have to drift apart from our church family. Use the phone, Facebook, and internet for meaningful connections. We are not alone in this time of testing!
- Serve others as you are able. This starts at home by helping those right around you. You may also have the opportunity to help someone outside of your residence by getting groceries or meeting a need. Of course, while doing this, we practice wisdom and follow the counsel of our city and government leaders.
- Catch up on rest. It’s not wrong to get a good night’s rest or to refresh ourselves with a nap. In the Old Testament, God specifically required the Israelites to refrain from work during various feasts and holy days.
- Try not to worry. No one can guarantee an easy and carefree future. However, we can receive what the Lord gives to us, and hold on to His many promises. How many times does He tell His people, “Do not be afraid”?
- Keep busy with projects. Have you considered it may be just the right time to organize “that room” or clean the basement? This season could be the ideal time to accomplish those tasks we procrastinate to do.
Finally, pray to the Lord each day, asking, “What do You want me to do today, Lord?” And then, go and do it!
Pastor Mark Boucher