As COVID-19 was approaching the Kansas City area I braced myself to be off work for a couple of weeks, along with many other individuals around the world. I thought not only would I be short on money, but I would be short on activities to fill my time and to entertain me. I began to selfishly spend my time either feeling sorry for myself or watching too much YouTube. That’s when it hit me. God’s work doesn’t stop. He has given me extra time for a reason during this pandemic. Now, what am I going to do with it?
Live with Purpose
If God has given you the gift of time, how can you use it productively? As God’s children, we are…
Called to be free, brothers and sisters; only do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh but serve one another through love. (Galatians 5:13)
Serve your family, neighbors and elderly during this time from a distance. Pray for them that they may find peace in God (Psalm 29:11) and his sovereign plan (Isaiah 46:9-11). I urge you to not fall into the temptation to use your freedom given to you for selfish reasons as I did. Die to yourself daily, surrendering all you have to the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
Above all, we are called to love God with our entire being…
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. This is the greatest and most important command.
And to bring Him glory…
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
I challenge you to put down your phone, turn off your TV and to open your Bibles. Read it with your family, pets or over the phone with a friend. If you are off work and school keep a schedule, do not succumb to complacency. Develop a deeper relationship with the Creator of the Universe and your family during this time of quarantine. God has given you this chance to dive deeper into your relationship with Him and others, what are you going to do with it?
Quote of the Day
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So, do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – J.R.R Tolkien