Just like you, I’ve had my fair share of free time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the time to catch up on rest and relax. I’ve just been using this time to think a lot as well. I’ve seen on the news and on social media how many are saying they desire to get back to normalcy. But will it ever be normal after this? Even further, should we want it to be back to what normal used to be, or shall there be a new normal created?
How was your normal before the pandemic? How much time did you spend with your spouse and children? Were you taking care of yourself? Did you find yourself too busy? When was the last time you and your family had a family meal, a family Bible Study or prayer time? When was the last time you had a designated uninterrupted prayer time?
If being too busy with no time with God, with family or with you were your normal before the pandemic, would you want life to get back to that same rhythm? Or will you use this time to create a new normal? Let this quarantine reveal to us some habits to replace and new healthy ones to form. First, let’s start with our time with God. Let’s set, develop and intentionally defend our time with our Father. Secondly, let’s work to take better care of ourselves by getting proper rest, setting healthy boundaries like a bedtime, and developing a healthier relationship with food. And thirdly but not least, let’s intentionally set family time.
We only get one life. Let’s be grateful for the Lord’s mercy and ask Him how we can be better stewards of this life He has entrusted us with. Let’s aim for a new normal.