More than 6 months now, we’ve been facing this virus. For some reason for me, mid March sticks out in my mind as to when it really became intense.
I remember having a meeting with some of our church leaders and speculating about when our area would shut down schools following all the states/counties around us that were doing the same.
I believe that decision came next day.
Man, it’s been intense. It’s taken an effect on literally every stage and phase of life. Every angle of everything we do has been affected by this virus in some way or another. Some of it has been good, most of it has been bad, but here we are.
What have we learned? How has life changed for you, for your family, for your church and community?
Regardless of what you feel and face in life here are few things we are learning through this Corona Season.
- Never take for granted gathering together
At first, it didn’t seem like it was going to be that big of a deal, but we quickly learned otherwise. We very quickly recognized the importance of our love of being together and the decision to restrict personal contact, became suffocating. Man, I’ll never again take for granted the beauty and benefit we have in just being together, no matter how that looks!
- PPE is here to stay
It’s certainly unfortunate, but it seems that no matter where you are in the world right now, this PPE stuff is here to stay. I know there are so many varying opinions about it and if it works or not. Regardless of your position on it, I don’t see PPE being phased of our “normal” life anytime soon. So buckle down, buy your Gucci facemask and be done with it.
Personally, I don’t adhere to this and will refuse to force my kids to either. I realize there are places and experiences where they must be worn and in those places we will do so, but for the most part, I will respectfully decline.
- Fight the feeling of getting back to normal
We’ve been given a new gift through this season. Everything you wanted to be shaken out of your life has now been almost forced on you. Lets face it, there are some things you wanted an excuse to get away from, but you had no idea how to do it. With a top down decision, everything changed and that meant a new opportunity for you. Don’t waste it by trying to get back to something that you wanted to be freed from anyway. I’ve heard so many people through this season make conflicting comments like I‘m so grateful to have nothing to do, but I can’t wait to get back to normal again.
What if what’s coming is going to be better than the normal we moved away from!? Instead of wishing that things moved back, let’s be eager to move ahead.
- We have it better than we thought we did
I remember thinking, you know BC (Before Covid), how that I wish this would be different or that would be better. When everything is removed it’s amazing how wonderful those things became! It’s strange to think and imagine who wonderful the office looked once we weren’t able to be there anymore! It was amazing how tremendous meetings felt, once we had to do them all via Zoom. Now I hope Zoom goes out of business. I’m grateful for avenues like that so we can still have connection, but nothing beats in-person connections.
- Work can happen anywhere
It’s amazing the productivity that can happen when people are forced to still accomplish but at a different place. I’ve come to realize that work can happen in any place and at any pace.
- The World will never be the same
In the wake of this virus, no matter how long it takes to get to the wake, everything is going to be different. This is going to be another thing that characterizes our generation. Do you remember Y2K? How about 9/11?
What about the Great Recession?
These things touch and effect each of us uniquely and they have changed the way we live and look at life and the world around us. The word COVID will change the way you live life forever and it will permanently scar you for the rest of your life.
My question becomes, how will you allow it to change you?How will you leverage it to make you better?
And rather than playing the victim to its effects, how will you use it to adapt to a world around you?