It seems the current social isolation etc has divided us into two groups of people.
Some people suddenly have time on their hands – time to do jigsaws, read, knit, garden and catch up on jobs that they haven’t had time to attend to before.
Others are run off their feet, exhausted from trying to do their normal full-time job, care for the elderly and vulnerable, and motivate and supervise their children doing schoolwork – all at the same time.
If you’re in the first group, let me encourage you to make the most of the extra time and use it wisely for God:
- Read a Christian book.
- Memorise some Bible verses.
- Make a list of things for which you are thankful: people, places, things. Spend time thanking God for his blessings to you.
- Ring someone from church and ask how they are going.
If you are in the second group, the last thing I want to do is overwhelm you. But I’d like to encourage you to do at least one of three things (or all three if you can!):
- Spend a few minutes at the start and/or end of the day praying. We might not know or understand what is happening, or why, but we know for sure that God is good and is still in control of his world. Spend a few minutes talking to him.
- Anyone who has been on a plane has heard the advice: put your oxygen mask on yourself, before helping others! There are so many things to do, but don’t feel guilty for taking time out to sit and read your Bible. Get your oxygen from God first before doing anything else.
- Prioritise! You cannot possibly do everything, so don’t! Your actions and words show what is important to you. Are your actions and words showing your family and friends that you love them and want them to grow in godliness? Or that schoolwork and work are what’s important, and you will fit God in if there’s any time left…?
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).