Well 2020, you sure have been a bit of a downer so far—especially ushering in this COVID-19 pandemic. However, we always like to remember that there are two sides to every story, and we get to choose which one to focus on. I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that we have a lot to complain about this year—so much change, loss, stress, and hard times, BUT, on the same hand, every obstacle, every tragedy has hidden within it, opportunities.
As much as we’ve all disliked our stay at home orders, I also think we found some little treasures within them. We may not have received them the way we would like, but nonetheless they are there to be found.
As we prepare to re-enter the world and slowly but surely regain our schedules of the past and glimpses of normalcy, I don’t want you to miss those special gems this nasty virus brought with it. We all got some gifts this season and let’s not leave them behind. After-all, we worked really, really, hard for them.
The top 3 gifts I believe we should all bring with us are—
The Gift of Slow—This pandemic has taught us that perhaps the hustle we all participated in was simply not worth it. The hustle offered fatigue and burnout, while being forced to stay home ushered in some much-needed stillness and rest. The old hustling mentality kept us focused forward chasing goals and busyness, while the forced quiet of staying home kept us in each moment. “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14
We were missing so much living while we were preparing for better lives. Let’s not get caught in the hustle again.
The Gift of Simplicity—Life used to be so complicated. Balancing schedules, running errands, taking the kids from place to place—but for many of us, we got a taste of simple and we liked it. Instead of rushing off to a ball field, we found ourselves sitting in the backyard watching our children play. We got glimpses of our old-school childhoods—where there were games of kick the can or hunting for rocks and sticks and building forts. Our children found simplicity and so did we.
What the shutdown taught us was that we overcomplicate things. Instead of using our technology to strive for more and keep us entertained around the clock, we began to use it to make zoom calls to our grandmothers—to hear their stories, to connect with extended family, and to go back to doing the simple, yet incredibly important things we had been missing. The simplicity of living in relationships instead of planning all the organized, themed and RSVP’d get togethers. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7.
Let’s not ever again miss the reviving of the soul that simplicity and God’s ways provide.
The Gift of Each Other—Now I know many of you got more than your fill of one another, but how good was it to have the time to reconnect? Before this virus, many of you were two ships passing in the night. You were picking up fast food, eating in the car, and then coming home exhausted—then on most days, individually crashing on the couch without a word to each other. But now, I bet you’ve actually made a few meals together, got hooked on some Netflix series, played a few games, and actually may even have entered into some deep conversations with one another. You’ve reconnected after potentially years of intending to. “My command is this: Love each other deeply,” 1 Peter 4:8a
Let’s not lose the importance of time together with the one we love.
Now, as you exit your homes and head back out into life, bring these unexpected gifts with you. Cherish them, wrap your heart around them tightly and don’t ever let them go. And if you want some practical tips on ways to keep them in the forefront of your mind, go grab our resource from below on How to Be Intentional in your Marriage.
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