Many of us are “coming out of quarantine” – slowly moving forward after feeling like we have been on hold for a while. We feel like we are regaining our freedom. I am happy to be moving forward, but I hope no matter how this situation plays out that we learn/remember a few things.
1. The world has never revolved around “me”. Too often in our society, we see “it’s all about me” thinking. We need to remember to think about others.
2. No matter how hard we try, we can’t please/take care of everyone. Too often as we try to rectify selfish thinking, we move too far in the opposite direction and become people pleasers. That doesn’t work any better than error number 1.
3. The longer I live, the more I see the need for balance. As we work through 1 and 2 above, we need to find what works the best knowing we will never have the perfect solution. I am often an idealist/optimist, but the truth is that we have tough stuff to face no matter what.
For some this new virus showed very publicly what they have faced before. Someone who has severe health issues has to be cautious during cold and flu season. Germs that don’t bother most of us can have a harder affect on someone who has cancer for example. Their needs are different. We still need balance. We can’t perfectly protect the vulnerable. We simply need to be ready to serve with our freedom.
What is the best way to serve? Make sure to start with pray. When a friend sent me a message in January that her husband (who has cancer) came down with pneumonia, I was pleading in prayer. While praying doesn’t always feel like much, I still believe it is an action. I would love to cure cancer, but that is not in my skill set. My prayer helps me to be prepared for what God does want me to do. As I submit to Him, I will be better prepared to serve. I will have freedom from my own selfish wishes and much more able to help others.
So, as we regain “freedom” let us find ways to put others first.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to learn how to reach out to others. Please remove my selfish wishes and replace them with the desire to serve. Please show me what I should do.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.