Time for a Reset
The past year has been difficult for all of us. The pandemic stopped the world in its tracks and we all struggled in one way or another. Many lost friends and relatives. Many lost their jobs and income. All of our old habits, routines and rituals came to a halt and time has forced us to reconsider who we are, what we believe in and what we really want.
During the pandemic, people moved to new places, new homes and some returned to be with their families. Changes forced us to let go of the things that weighed us down and keep what was important. We began to see the importance of spending time with friends, family and loved ones where we could feel safe and protected.
As our country has opened up, many of us left our old life and have made new changes for ourselves. Our priorities have changed. Many of us will no longer surrender our time to people, things and nonsense that take away from who we are and who we want to be. Though the country is opening up, many will not return to old jobs, old homes, old friends or our old way of living.
Though most people have changed their earthly lives, how many of us have changed our spiritual lives?
Before the lockdowns, we basically followed a routine and didn't question what we were doing, how it affected us or where it was leading to...until it all ended.
As Christians, so many of us just went to church every Sunday, keeping up appearances and did what was expected of us without thinking about it. It was the same year after year. But when the lockdowns hit, many stopped attending their churches, at the same time evaluating and considering what their attendance really meant to them. Did going to their churches bring them closer to God or closer to their denomination?
The pandemic unmasked who were really are and now as society is opening up, we need to ask ourselves, "What kind of life have I been living? Am I really living the Gospel of Jesus Christ or just going through the motions?"
With God's grace, we pray that the pandemic will become a thing of the past and that we can return to the time when we lived without fear, but how many of us will return to our old way of thinking? Our old way of doing things? Our old life?
Since the pandemic we have learned about the fragility of life. We have learned that we need each other to survive and that we need to let the people we care about know that we love them. We wasted so many years mindlessly obsessed with aimless activities and busyness that only consumed and distracted us.
We need a reset. A new start.
In the same way that many of us moved back to be with our families, we must move our hearts away from our old life and come back home to be with the Lord, where we are safe, where we can thrive and where we can grow.
The Bible is filled with stories of the destruction of the old ways of life and God saving His people to start life anew. The story of Noah, The escape of Lot from Sodom. The freedom from a life of slavery of the Jewish people.
In some cases, the people wanted to return to their old life: Lot's wife who turned to look back at what she was losing which resulted in her turning to a pillar of salt. The Israelites who complained to God for taking them away from Egypt which resulted in them never seeing the Promised Land.
But then we have the Prodigal Son, who decided to come back home after living a life that only left him destitute. His father rushed to take him back.
In the same way, the Pandemic has left many people destitute and left with nothing, but we can come back to the Father who welcomes us with open arms.
God desires us to restart our lives with Him in Faith and in His Love where can live with intention and purpose. If there is anything we have learned, it is that our time is limited and the time is now.
This is the time to start anew.
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