This past week, I had the privilege to converse with different missionaries serving here in Paraguay and around the world. Throughout the various conversations, I heard things like: I want to be out doing what I am here to do. I need to do something. I have to be with people.
As I interacted, I found that too often one's whole identity is wrapped up in one's work, whether it is a homemaker, in full time ministry, or in the workplace. And therefore when we are faced with all these #stayathome restrictions, our attitude towards anything that does not fit into our wants/needs/have to's becomes an obstacle that we just want to ignore or go around it.
1) either have a nasty attitude, I want to____, I need to____, and I have to_____ mentality, and sit and wait until the #stayathome restrictions vanish so that finally you can continue your life like nothing happened, or
2) have a good attitude, change your perspective, take advantage of new strategies, and thrive right where you are, where God has you.
Which do you choose?
I am making it a point to have a good attitude, change my perspective, and thrive right here where I am - at home, with my family as well as taking advantage of new strategies and ways to use my gifts, talents, and abilities to help others and serve in my different roles.
Recently, in our family devotions, we came upon 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 NIV that says, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. These verses stood out to me, because it was God reminding me that this is what I want/need/have to do.
- I want to - Rejoice always (v16)
- I need to - Pray continually (v17)
- I have to - Give thanks in all circumstances (v18)
As I encouraged each missionary during our conversation, I pointed out that each one of us have the privilege to impact and invest in those who we are in contact with on a daily basis. It could be our family, our neighbors, our teammates, our coworkers, teachers, community workers, etc. We also find that due to the amazing internet, we can interact with people, maintain our relationships, and share resources no matter the distance, through phone calls, video calls, and text messages.
So, can we just cancel 2020?! No. There is still work to do. There are unlimited opportunities to invest in our families and in the lives of others. There are people who still need to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. We just have to see this year 2020 in a different perspective and know that right now, this is our new normal, with opportunities to rejoice, pray, and give thanks, while we thrive right where God has us.
Are you waiting until life is back to normal to thrive, or are you thriving right where God has you?
That is so right on! This situation didn't take God by surprise, and He has a plan we probably haven't though of. Sometimes we get so busy that we don't see the idols God is revealing in our lives. Time to slow down and pay attention!
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive (idolatrous) way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Trisha, this was a wonderful encouragement to me! Thank you!â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ðð»ðð»ðð»