While I realize this group was brought together by the virus, let’s do something today other than think about life in it. Let’s talk about life coming out of it. How will we make this time not be a loss but time of gain? Now is the time to stake our claim in this pandemic. We talked about this idea a couple of weeks ago. But with more talk of parts of the country opening and with a glimmer of hope on the horizon, I think it is a good time to get serious about our next chapter.
From the “hope*writers” writing prompts—
With the world seemingly turned upside down in recent months, we’ve been given an unprecedented opportunity to rewrite our lives.
What have we learned from this time?
What will we take with us?
What will we leave behind?
What do I really want my life to be about moving forward?
- What are a couple of things that come to mind when you think, “what have I learned from this time?” Spiritual? Home? Friends? Family? Financial? Work?
- What will we take with us? From this season what changes, new things, new practices, rhythms, disciplines, do you want to take with you? You don’t have to know how it will work, just identify what is meaningful to you and that you want to keep it.
- What Will We Leave Behind?
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.” (NASB) God is challenging us to let go of what used to be and so we can look forward to the new thing He is doing.
For me this is the hard part—knowing what I need to leave behind. So much of my life seems good. But I know God has better for me.
God, please give me wisdom and discernment what to let go of, even habits or practices that distract or take up precious time that could be used for the new thing.
Answering this question is what will make possible living the first question. It is the rubber-meets-the-road of —“What have I learned from this time?”
While we are still in our quarantine, let’s seek God earnestly to ask Him what He wants our new normal to be. It does not matter what the government says. God has a plan for each of us. I want to be ready and I know you do to.
Let’s not emerge from our homes unchanged. Let’s emerge as new creations, more like Christ and the person He created us to be.
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.