The uncertainty and unknown of the future can be daunting. Homeschooling, working from home, and being stuck at the house all day can become monotonous, and it may feel like this lifestyle will never end. I want to give you some encouragement today as you go through this! You can protect your joy during COVID-19, and I’m going to tell you how!
1. Change what you’re looking at.
Pay attention to what you are dwelling on, whether it is the news, a TV show you’ve been binge watching, music you are listening to, or whatever it may be. We are constantly bombarded by noise in various forms of media. Nearly all television commercials are related to the coronavirus, and every news station is talking about it.
I want to remind you to tune in to God during this time! He is still speaking and moving as He always is. If you can’t physically attend your church, that doesn’t mean God is on pause. You are the church, and God is still moving!
It’s about your heart, not about the music, the lights, or a church building. Spend time seeking the Lord, and He will guide you through this!
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” —Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” —Psalm 119:105 (NLT)
2. Remind yourself that this, too, will pass.
Due to sin, we have sickness in the world. This is not God’s will nor does He want anyone to be suffering from this virus. However, when man sinned, it gave Satan authority over the earth. God is not causing this sickness, but He will be with us every step of the way. He will see us through it.
It’s important to respect the decisions our government has made and to do your part, but you do not have to live in fear. We will get through this! Don’t let fear control your life. If you let negative thoughts grow in your mind, you will wind up living in fear. The Bible tells us to make our thoughts align with God’s Word. You can read about how God is bigger than the coronavirus HERE.
“We take every thought captive to obey Christ.” —2 Corinthians 10:5b (CSB)
3. Focus on good things.
I know it can be challenging to focus on the positive when our world has been turned upside down, but you can still make the choice to rejoice!
Instead of complaining about how much time you have and how bored you are, use it to spend time in the Word of God, finish that home project you started months ago, read a book that you’ve wanted to get around to, try out a new recipe, or clean out your house.
Instead of dreading homeschooling your kids each day, be grateful you get to spend time with them and be a part of their education. Shift your mind-set.
We need each other during this time. It’s easy to get discouraged and frustrated at times like these, but don’t fall into that temptation. The enemy would love to ruin your day and see you complain and be upset all-day long. Don’t let him win!
When you start to get discouraged, pray. When you’re bored, read a chapter or two in your Bible instead of watching TV. Time spent pursuing God will never be wasted time.
Don’t forget to reach out to others; you are not the only person feeling lonely right now. People all over the world are feeling isolated and would love to hear from you. Check in with a friend or coworker and see how they are doing. We are all in this together, and we will get through it. First Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up.” People need encouragement in these times.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” —Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
We will get through this! We can pray for our government’s leaders to use wisdom in the decisions they are making to protect us during this time. Pray for healthcare workers who are on the front lines, researching, fighting the virus, helping patients, and serving our communities.