Days grow into weeks and weeks into months. Some of those days are filled with optimism while others bring nothing but one bad thing after another. The amount of time and energy we spend on those bad days is really a waste. When we raise our hands in despair and simply submit, how does that bring about any kind of solution?
We are a people used to coming to grips with things. We’re adaptable to change, even though we often resist it. We like the comfort of knowing there will be no question about what we’ll be doing today, tomorrow or even in the future. When disaster strikes, Americans are known to be fighters and survivors. We use whatever our circumstances bring us and try to make the best of it.
One way to accomplish something good out of this whole pandemic thing, is for us to come up with creative ways to get through it. I’m seeing that happen daily as people post funny videos on Facebook and hilarious clips from folks with way too much time on their hands. So isn’t this what happens when we’re not on a regular schedule? Aren’t we being given the chance to come up with ideas, solutions, inventions, innovative ways of doing things and creativity.
I believe this is a time of renewal for all of us. We’re at a point in this lockdown period, where it isn’t funny that people are hoarding things and causing people to go without. We’re sick of not being able to go to our favorite restaurants or go to a movie or play. We feel cheated. We want to get back to work so we can put food on the table. We begin to feel depressed about what will happen next. Our economy is shaky and unemployment is at a record high. We’ve tuned out the news media, because it simply adds to the negativity.
This is a critical time for all of us. We could give up and give in to it or we could look at the possibilities. We know that family time has become possible. There’s a return to doing jigsaw puzzles and board games. Art projects have brought about new ideas and ways of making art on your own driveway. Cooking meals rather than going to fast food joints for them has become somewhat normal again. People are eating together, working at home, sharing family time and doing things they weren’t able to do before because their outside activities have been limited. The focus has returned to home and family.
When we think about giving up or giving in, it’s usually about an act of submission. The definition of the word is rich in meaning. It refers to yielding · capitulation · agreement · acceptance · consent · accession · compliance. As a noun it can mean proposal · offering · presentation · bidding · projecting · advocacy. It can also be seen as an act of humility · unassertiveness · nonresistance · passivity · obedience · dutifulness · meekness.
Which of those meanings comes to mind first? We can choose to accept our current circumstances and figure out ways to help others. We can share our knowledge in certain areas via the internet. We can teach someone how to knit or crochet – how to cook on a small budget – how to set a table – what are the rules of etiquette and why were they important – how to paint or draw – how to dance – how to love one another.
Or we can cave to all the negativity and withdraw into a state of depression and hopelessness. I choose the first option. By sharing with others, with the tools at hand, we can open doors beyond our comprehension.
1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”