Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Normalcy seems like a distant past. Schools are closed until further notice, layoffs have taken place and life as we knew it no longer exists. Some would call this a blessing while others would see it as misfortune. Let me propose a challenge. When was the last time you took inventory of your life and how you present yourself to others? Now that most of us are isolated, we have more time to be reflective. This challenge may seem extreme under normal circumstances but considering the state of the world, I’d say it’s worth a try.
As believers, we’re called to be salt and light in a world full of bland, darkness. We’re created to set the tone for “normal.” Matter of fact, we’re called to be extraordinary, not merely ordinary. Yet, if we refuse to separate ourselves from the masses we begin to talk and walk like the world. This mandated isolation should draw out a desperation for the presence of God, where we seek not only to change but to transform. Our Father encourages us to practice this mental renewal daily (Romans 12:2). However, our normal way of life distracts us from this discipline. Though we can’t change the circumstances crippling the world, we can change our thoughts about it. And as our practice becomes consistent, the feeling of fear turns into confidence in our Father. The outcome, we behave differently and experience better results in our walk with Christ.
You’re probably wondering, “where is she going with this?” Hear me out.
When we seek the Father with our whole heart, meaning without distraction, we establish a greater intimacy with God and discover the truth of who we are in Him. Consider this season as a faith reboot, where we get another chance at putting God first over ourselves and others. The challenge is to poor ourselves into His presence. From there, examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). Then, operate in our God given authority to command our day with a greater stride and confident hope in the one who has the whole world in His hands.