by: Greg Schaffer
A time to refocus
These are unprecedented times. Coronavirus is on the rise and with it there is much change in our daily routines. This can bring uncertainty and even panic.
So, instead of functioning in fear take this time to make some much needed adjustments.
1.Refocus on God. When trials and tribulations come (as they often will) turn your thoughts and attention on God. If God isn’t your source of strength, your rock when hard times come, you will have no foundation on which to stand. When crisis comes, you will either draw closer to God or drift farther away. When you draw closer, you will find that peace you are looking for and be able to rest in it (Isa 26:3; Ps 46:10; Matt 7:24; Matt 11:28-30).
2.Spend your time wisely. Time well spent with those you love is at a premium. With school out and many not working take the time to spend your time with those you love. Remember the games and activities you use to play as a child? Refocus and return to good wholesome family time. Make memories together. You have the opportunity to redirect negative thoughts into precious memories with your loved ones. Don’t miss the moment ( 2 Cor 10:3-6; Phil 4:8; Ps 127:3-5).
3.Be the light! Look for opportunities to serve those in need. Right now there are needs like never before. From those who are homebound to those that are living in fear of what might happen. Volunteer as a transporter of groceries, medications and help with small chores. Look to the needs of those around you. At Gateway we have a ministry called “Sonshine Ministry.” It is an outreach to meet the needs of our homebound, elderly and special needs. We would welcome those who would like to help. Check out our Facebook page and website for more information. Don’t forget our biblical mandate to practice true religion (James 1:27).
4.Be respectful to authorities. With crisis comes the temptation to panic. With panic comes fear and with fear comes bad decision making. The urge to disregard the authorities that are over us is a real temptation. Listen to those who are responsible to govern over you. If you’re not being asked to deny your faith listen and follow their reasonable instruction. Don’t forget the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans Ch 13. Obey the rule that is over us. Submission is a form of worship. Though it is not easy it comes with God’s blessings. Remember Paul wrote this text under the reign of the Emperor Nero. God will bless the heart that submits and follows His Word.
In closing remember, this too shall pass. We WILL make it through this difficult season. So, let’s make it through well and together. Refocus and redefine who you are and what you do by committing to God’s design.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 NASB
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Words of Wisdom, and may I add :Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” God bless you and your family Pastor and those who will read this. Amen