Social distancing has invited everyone to take a step back and *exhale* breathe. Corporate America has been raging and demanding its way for years and years. No one knows how to rest, production has become more important than raising a family, and possessions are a sign of happiness. But if we look deeper, a glance in the heart reveals a much different story. Many people do not want to work as much as they do but feel that they need to provide for their family. So many Americans buy what their hearts desire but often find that this new hip thing has left them just as empty as they were before. I am thankful that many of us can take a step back from society and breathe. I would highly suggest getting off social media as well. You are what you eat, and this includes the many lies of news for views.
I am thankful for social distancing. Many of us are getting the time we need to rethink what is important. Over and over the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention that we need to focus on what is eternal and what won’t perish. The only thing we get to bring into heaven with us is the relationships we built here on earth. Yet many of us are so busy in our day to day life that having coffee with a friend for an hour seems tedious. This is something that God never intended for us. All the commandments are summed up in the following words, LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.
If we take a step back, as we have been given to do so, are we able to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength in our day to day life? Are we focused on our relationships or have distractions of the world gotten in the way? Are we really loving people, or do they seem like the inconvenience in comparison to our own agenda? And where is God’s will in all of this?
If the coronavirus has taught us anything it should be that life is short and can change drastically in an instant. We have no control over what may happen tomorrow, but we can focus on what God has called us to do today. This may look different for both you and I and even our neighbor. But I do know that each of us has a part to play for the here and now. Take today to refocus on what is eternally important.
I pray that this time where we can distance yourself from the world’s distractions, you do so, and you focus on what God is speaking. I pray that when he speaks, you act. I pray that you get a revelation of how short life is and how important it is to do things that make a difference in heaven. For those who have been slaving away at focusing on what matters in heaven, I pray that you do not grow weary in doing good and see a glimpse of the fruits of your labor. Heaven is going to be a glorious place, but make sure that while you are here on earth you are doing what truly matters.
Scripture To Meditate On:
- “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”-Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV
- “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”-James 4:13-15 NKJV
- Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal of approval on him.”-John 6:27 CSB
- “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
- “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT