Can you remember what life used to look like before Covid-19? Did you have a system in place, a rhythm to your life, a method for the madness? When the Stay Home Orders were in place did you feel protected or more vulnerable and fearful? Now, several months later, do you still feel vulnerable?
We can often feel vulnerable when someone else holds control over us. When we recognize some things in life are outside of our control it can make us anxious and if it persists for too long, we can get depressed.
There will always be situations where we are not in control of the outcomes, but we can be in control of our choices. If you look at the photo it identifies several things we can control during this pandemic. It is not all inclusive but simply identifies a few of the things that are available to us. Many of the line items are things we control even if there wasn't Covid-19 and should be added to your lifestyle options anyway. A good decision is always in fashion and character overcomes fear. Who you are is not determined by the choices available to you but who you are in spite of those choices.
All through history men and women of character have excelled through hard times, not nearly survived them. People who took the challenge head-on and pressed through adversity. During this time of difficulty there are people who will be remembered as "heroes" who stepped up and refused to fall victim to these challenging times. Everyone who is living today will be forever changed by the lessons learned during Covid-19 and some lessons have been hard learned. Some people will go through this time of challenge and others will GROW through it. Some will survive and others will THRIVE. The good news is you get to choose which way you'd like to remember this time. Will you look back and think of the lost opportunities you regret, or the opportunities you grabbed and changes you applied for the sake of others? The choice is yours; which way will you go?
"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)