Most of our lives have changed drastically since the discovery of the virus Covid-19. And if care is not taken we would go through this season without paying full attention to how we are spending our time. Most young people have lost the zeal to get out of bed and seize the day. For some, they wish this is over and they can go back to their regular and normal life. The reality is that the future is not here but today is here and the wise among men would seek to live it well.
“Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP
It is God’s will for us to live an intentional life daily. That is, a life of purpose, honor and courage. He wants us to take advantage of the time and season we are in because every season comes with it’s own advantages and limitations. It takes wisdom to identify what the advantage of this negative situation is and to harness it well. We can choose to live daily in self-pity or seek to make the best of what we’ve got. Really, the choice is ours.
“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven— A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.” _Ecclesiastes 3:1-3,11 AMP
In each season of life, there is something required of us to do, there is a preparation for us to make for the next season, there is a lesson to learn,etc. Failure to do what we ought to do this season would hinder our progress in the next season. The ant is one wise creature that has an understanding of times and seasons. This understanding of times and seasons helps her to know what to do per time. Such wisdom is worth praying for in this season. Ask God to give you the wisdom that would help you to understand the season of life you are in and know what is expected of you to do.
“When you’re feeling lazy, come and learn a lesson from this tale of the tiny ant. Yes, all you lazybones, come learn from the example of the ant and enter into wisdom. The ants have no chief, no boss, no manager— no one has to tell them what to do. You’ll see them working and toiling all summer long, stockpiling their food in preparation for winter.” _Proverbs 6:6-8 TPT
Below are a few things you can do while you stay at home:
1. Work on your abandoned projects: If you are like most people, you would have at least one thing you started that you didn’t get around to completing or probably you’ve not started doing it at all. It might be a book you started writing or wished you had enough time for you to write, it might be a skill you started learning or wished you could learn online, it might be a book or books you haven’t quite gotten to read. It might even be your cooking skills that you want to improve on. The list is endless . So now, why not get back to doing those things on your list and see what you can achieve before this whole situation changes.
2. Spend time with your family: The truth is family relationship can be the most beautiful yet painful relationship in your life. The good news is that you have the time now to work on this very important relationship. So, this is the time for you to have that heart-to-heart with your sibling, write your Dad a letter, speak your mum’s love language, play family games, create new positive memories etc. Do all you can during this time to bridge the gap or strengthen the bond between members of your family. This is also the time for you to pray more for each member of your family. Pray for their safety and any other thing that is a concern to them. You should also ensure to be kind and helpful this season. When there is something to be done, step in and do it. Pull your weight. Work towards playing your part to making your home habitable. Since almost everyone is at home, it’s certain that there would be friction. So, pray ahead for the grace to handle such matters when they arise. Finally, Let love guide your actions.
3. Create a plan for your day: It’s easy for you to be tempted to go through your day without a concrete plan but as the saying goes “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is why having a plan for your day is key. It keeps you from wasting time and procrastinating. It also helps you to avoid stress and boredom. Live daily as though you would give an account for how you spend your day. You can plan your day a night before. Write out the important tasks you would want to accomplish and when you want to get them done. Allocate the minutes or hours you would spend on doing each task. This helps you to know what you ought to do per time. Asides planning, make sure you follow through on your plan. Put down your phone. Put your social media apps on freeze so you wouldn’t be getting notifications from them all day. Discipline yourself to be productive daily.
“It has been well said that the future is with the disciplined, and that quality has been placed first… For without it the other gifts, however great, will never realize their maximum potential. Only the disciplined person will rise to his highest powers. He is able to lead because he has conquered himself.” _ J. Oswald Sanders
4. Move your body: You don’t have to embrace a sedentary lifestyle this season. Learn to take a walk(you can memorize scriptures or pray as you walk) , jump rope and do anything that would keep your heart rate at its healthiest. Do all you can to ensure you do not ignore your health. When this is all over, It would pay off.
5. Give yourself grace: The times we are in are strange and not so easy to navigate. So, whenever you find that you are struggling with being positive or pushing through the day, make sure you give yourself grace. It’s okay for you to feel the emotions that comes with this season but do not sit in it for too long. Do things that would help lift your mood; Journal your thoughts, speak with a friend, eat the chocolate, drink the tea, dance, see a good movie, sleep etc.
Ensure you prioritize time with God. It is one way you can keep hope alive and keep your mind sane. Crack your Bible open daily and also spend time praying. This too shall pass!
I would love to hear from you.
1. How have you been spending your time at home?
2. What are the things you are hoping to achieve this season?