It is Tuesday afternoon. I should have had a post written long before now – and had it posted as well. But I considered not posting. What else could be said about the pandemic? About our current situation? I just could not think of anything else that needed to be said just now but, truth be told, this quarantine and the effects of it seem to consume us – our thoughts, intentions, opinions, emotions, and words. Which I understand. I get it. But…is it the best for us?
With every ounce of our focus on our situation, we quickly risk losing our focus. Or that which should be our real focus. Our circumstances shift our focus away from the Lord. When that happens, we are soon discouraged and/or overcome with emotions like fear, anger or worry. We tend to drop our guards and become easy victims of Satan’s attacks. We must be vigilant to keep our focus on Christ and His purposes as well as His plan for us individually – especially during these months of pandemic.
How we do that has personal, or individual, implications but here are three practical reminders that apply to all Christians. Ways to keep our focus on the Lord.
Start your day with Christ. Making our time with Him – in prayer and Bible reading – a first priority is essential. Although it can seem as if there is plenty of time during the day to get it done, morning devotional time guards our hearts and minds for whatever lies ahead. It encourages us spiritually and mentally and sets the tone for our day. During our devotional time, we draw near to God – and there is no better time to do so than first thing in the morning. Before the rest of the day hits us. These days of more time at home, slower mornings, and new schedules are the perfect time to establish a routine of morning devotions.
Pray – and pray throughout the day. We are inundated with news, facts, opinions, and just plain information overload these days. If not discouraging, it can be overwhelming, or at least draining. Pray throughout the day. Pray for those making decisions and in leadership – not only leading our country but also our churches, our schools and more. Pray for those working in the trenches. For those who are out of work, sick/hurting, or might in difficult, even abusive, situations during this time. When we constantly bring our burdens and worries to Christ, we are not then emotionally and mentally consumed by them.
Serve as you are able. As we “socially isolate,” it can be easy to withdraw. To create a comfortable cocoon where we almost forget what is happening outside our homes. However, God has a purpose. Not only a “big picture” purpose but a plan and purpose for each of us – and for each of our days. There are ways to minister, to meet needs, and to still be involved in the Lord’s work…even during a quarantine. And there are (so) many who desperately need us to make the effort. To keep serving. For sure, the blessing will be ours.
As we look for ways to serve and be productive, let’s remember to encourage one another. I am grateful for those who blog and share in different ways…ways that not only encourage me but challenge me as well. Here is a great place to read lots of encouragement. As well, I pray you will be encouraged whenever you stop by this blog.