First off, let me say thank you to those who serve our country to keep us free. My condolences to those who lost loved ones who served in the armed forces. It’s Memorial Day – let’s take a moment to remember.
I thank my God every time I remember you.~ Philippians 1:3 NIV
What are you remembering that you can’t do right now? What are you longing to have returned to your life?
- Eating out at a restaurant
- Going to a movie in a theater
- Seeing live theater
- Hugging a friend
- Attending church in person
- Playing sports
- Watching sports
- Grocery shopping without a mask
- Spending time face to face with people
- Sitting on the beach
- And more…
Take a moment to think about what your life was like pre-covid-19 “safer at home.” How busy was your schedule? How often did you have dinner together as a family? How stressed out were you? How much money did you spend on activities? Before we all wish for “normal” to return. I want to encourage you to take time to take a realistic look at pre and post-covid-19.
What do you like about life now?
What do you like about life then?
Before you rush back into life, grab onto the “new normal” benefits of “safer at home” and incorporate those as permanent in your life. Dinner every night as a family may not be realistic when your kids go back to sports practices but requiring it several nights a week is doable. Watching a flick on the couch with popcorn or playing an old fashioned game of Life may be pushed aside once your kids can hang out at the Boba place with friends. Set up a family night (or afternoon) and stick to it. Keep these “new normals” in your life. The events that are enriching your life and deepening connection should stay. Let’s slow down our push to “get back to normal.” Embrace this new pace and allow it to seep into your everyday life. Choose the benefits of “safer at home” and fold them into your “new normal.”
Dream Big! Pray Big!