WOW! I don’t know about you but I am receiving an onslaught of suggested resources on how to deal with the effects of working and schooling at home, Covid 19, faith and religious practice, and technology. At times it is just more than I can handle. I think that in some way this unending shower of resources to look at, try, or implement can cause more stress than our recent stay at home order.
- We are not all the same. We are each uniquely created by God – even members of the same family. Thus our individual needs for support are equally distinctive. Some need more “face time” via Zoom or similar platforms. Some prefer more quiet time and an occasional call will suffice. It can be so helpful to communicate our needs to well-meaning friends and relations – and yes – especially to your pastor. Sometimes our fear of offense can keep us from helping others be really helpful rather than just annoying. Every person is blessed to be unique. It is not one suggestion for all.
- Our stay at home situations are also unique. Some are home with children (yes quantity and ages matter), some are alone, some couples are both working, others have only one or none able to work. Some have the flexibility to work at home, others are part of an essential services organizations and must go out. Some are naturally physically active and can get outside and others are not. Allowing yourself to do or not do what works for your particular situation is key to a sense of personal peace. Every situation is blessed to be unique. There is no one remedy for all. It is amazing how much more peaceful we are when we can leave the judging to God.
- Please be discerning! “But test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 One of my favorite buttons on my electronic devices is the delete key. This is especially critical when it comes to spiritual resources. While this has always been important, (the Bible has many warnings), it is especially important at times of crisis when we are more vulnerable. If a resource claims to be Christian/Spiritual but suggests or even boldly states that: God caused this pandemic, that some group is to be blamed/punished, that this is part of the end of the world, or uses hate speech of any kind, Beware! “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 God is good all the time, all the time God is good.
- Give yourself a break! You may recall Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor AS yourself.” You can’t and shouldn’t do everything, be everything, receive everything – even if it is the latest and greatest.
To that end I have tried to be discerning in my communications. Except for a few all church e-mails I have preferred to keep resources on our website where you can access them at your leisure and preference. If that is not working for you please let me know. Whenever possible, it is my desire minister you in the way that works best for you.