A lot can happen in 7 days.
God created the world in 7 days. In the past seven days, life as we know it got more restricted. Everywhere we look we see a sign that says CLOSED.
I can see people moving through the grieving process – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It’s crazy to know these stages and watch as people move through them. I’m fairly certain I’m at the last stage, acceptance.
It is the way it is and I can only control what I can control.
When God created the world, he made order out of chaos.
He said, “let there be light” and there was light.
Boom – that was it. God said it and it was so. And, that’s our job right now. To make order out of chaos. To be the light. As I scroll through social media, I see that. I see people being the light to others. Especially to those who are still in the early stages of the grieving process.
We are all grieving some part of the disruption of our lives and some people are grieving more than others. Now, more than ever we NEED to be the light for people. We need to be the hope and the helpers.
I posted this on Instagram yesterday,
Mindset is going to be SO important in the days and weeks to come. The novelty of everyone being home on quarantine is going to wear off. So, we pace ourselves. We take breaks. We send ourselves to time out if needed. We balance discipline with grace, often erring on the side of grace. We don’t totally lose control but we also understand that schedules and plans may have to shift hour to hour, day by day. In the end, we evaluate each day and see how we can do better the next day. Or, in our case, we stop everything at lunchtime, evaluate the morning and adjust accordingly. We keep our emotions in check but also understand that these are emotional times and we are going to lose it. Our kids are going to lose it. And that’s when we practice coping techniques, create teachable moments and carry on. #quarantinedwithkids #covid_19 #coachlife #wordsofencouragement
If you are home with kids, this message probably resonates with you. If you aren’t home with kids, this message might resonate with you.
We are all having to learn a new way of living and its easier for some than for others. We need to be the light during this time – we need to shift OUR mindset so that we can help others to do the same.
We start at home. We practice patience and give grace. We communicate our thoughts and feelings and have family meetings. We avoid negativity and the panic and the fear. We can experience those feelings but we don’t give in to them and let them take over.
We help our community.
We see a need and meet it to the best of our availability.
We pray and send encouraging words.
We call our favorite restaurant and ask to buy a $20 (or whatever amount you choose) gift certificate over the phone and have them mail the gift certificate to us.
We use skype and zoom or the Duo app and we check in on our friends, especially the extroverts. The extroverts are NOT ok. #socialdistancing
We PayPal money to our friends who need it.
We ask friends with little kids who are already running out of activities to do to make an Amazon wish list and purchase something from that list.
We find out if our community has a Free Little Pantry and go add some food. Or, we send money to places like Matthews Ministry so they can buy food for the kids who are out of school right now.
We support our friend’s businesses, they can do gift certificates too. Maybe we do our Christmas shopping in March and buy gift certificates from our friends to be redeemed in December.
We are kind to everyone we see or talk to – especially the workers at the grocery stores and big-box stores – anyone in the public service industry right now. Because customers are not always kind.
That’s it. If everyone would do their part at home and in their immediate community it would create a ripple effect. And yet…
We don’t do these things and then post about them on social media to boost our ego. We just do them. Because right now, it’s our job to be the light for others, not shine the light on ourselves.
God created the world in seven days. He started by creating the light out of the darkness. What can we do over the next seven days to help others see the light in the darkness?