For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live
pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. Philippians 1:10
There definitely have been pros and cons to this pandemic. Much to pray about and much to be thankful for.
I am thankful that I am retired and don't have to try to rely on technology to do a job. I definitely pray for those who have been working from home all of these months. When I was working, I looked forward to the occasional at-home work day so I could really get a lot done with out interruptions, but I can't imagine the challenges of endless at-home work days. The isolation would definitely get to me. And the need for creativity in doing routine tasks would be tiring.
I am thankful that I have the companionship of a loving husband, two dogs and three horses on a piece of land that gives me the space to ramble a bit and still be safely away from others. I pray for those who are suddenly restricted to close quarters and circumstances that may exacerbate an already difficult relationship with a family member or significant other.
I am thankful that I have the drive and means to start new projects to "keep me sane" when my contact with friends and family is limited. Currently, I am learning how to draw and how to speak Spanish. I pray for those struggling with life's challenges as each day seems to be a little harder than the last.
All of this free time has also erased every excuse I have for not spending time with Jesus. It helps me to remember what really matters. When I don't make Him my focus, my top priority, I feel out of kilter.
If we strive to live "pure and blameless lives", everything else falls into place. When we strive to follow God's laws and His guidance, we have the wisdom and support to manage the challenges that life hurls at us.
What are you doing to focus on a pure and blameless life? How have you been using your time during this pandemic to grow in Christ?