Updated: Mar 19, 2020
You've heard the saying- here is a good chance to put it into practice.
These times are difficult. We are seeing unprecedented reactions and unexpected events. Who would have thought 3 weeks ago that this is where we would be now? That being said, let's look at some opportunities for lemonade.
I couldn't believe it when I heard that the NCAA Tournament had been cancelled, also professional sports of all kinds. Boxing matches, rodeos, stock shows, conventions, meetings, concerts, plays, school, travel plans, and all sorts of gatherings soon followed. Amazing as it is, church services are being cancelled as well. Many of us have never experienced anything like this.
This is, however, a time for us to not focus on all the activities that we can't do, but on what we can do. So, here are some ideas for what we can do during this time to create lemonade from the lemons:
Pick up the phone and call someone. It may be an old friend you haven't spoken with in a long time. It might be an elderly friend, a family member, a former coworker, a fellow church member. It doesn't matter who it is. This is a good time to check in with people and reconnect or just let them know they are on your mind.
Spend more time in prayer. God is always available to listen. Not only is He available, He WANTS to hear from you. There is no better friend, no better listener, than God.
Spend time in study of God's word. Without all the distractions and noise, it is a great time to spend quiet time in the Word. There is no issue in life that God hasn't addressed.
Read something that will help you be better after this. Read a book on self improvement or how to be a better listener or how to... you fill in the space.
Learn a new skill. Learn to cook, learn to sew, learn calligraphy, paint a picture, the list goes on and on.
Spend quality time with family. Families tend to get so busy with so many activities that we lose touch with each other. Play board games, work a puzzle, just do things as a family.
There are a myriad of other options, but these are a start. Let's just not get caught up in all the things we can't do.
Also, remember that we don't have to be gathered in one place to still be the church. We are the church no matter where we are. We are the church no matter where we worship and worship is not confined to an address.
Let us all pray for a swift end to all of this and in the meantime be especially mindful of those who are most vulnerable.