Romans 12:1-2[ Place Your Life Before God ] So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Today’s Five Minute Friday word prompt is ADJUST.
I found this scripture in the Message version of the Bible. It is fitting. We are now thinking about how we fit into our culture. We each play a role in society, and those roles have been adjusted this month. We are living in a time that is full of adjustments:
The kids are no longer attending public school but instead virtual education is taking place…my kids are going to be awesome at this…because you know they already love their PCs as if it were an additional sibling!
The parents are no longer reporting to work in person but instead online…my husband has commandeered the home office…I’ll have to commandeer a space for my online therapy starting today with training as a speech therapist virtually with my team of therapists from our local school district. I think I’ll pick outdoors in our secret garden alcove…it will be quiet and lighting should be natural!
The medical professionals are now doing teleheath or practicing full time or over time…my counselor called me on Wednesday and we chatted for about 30 minutes. I updated her on the fact that I’m feeling really good these days. She advised how to help our children adjust to the new schedule. I recommended she try Zoom…and offered to help her try it out! She’s in her 60s so that would be a leap of faith. Now we all have a touch of anxiety…welcome to my world!
The pastors and priests are serving their congregations/parishes in unique ways…our priest did a Facebook live session yesterday with an update on how our Sunday services are now once a day and encouraged those 65+ to stay home (in accordance with the Florida governor) and anyone to stay home and watch online this Lenten season.
The fitness gurus have taken to the online communities of Zoom and Facebook as well….I’ve taken two online yoga classes through our yoga instructors/local yoga studio. We are tuning in live from home. It’s not bad, but the glitchy stream of audio/video is a touch annoying…I think all four of us family members are sucking up bandwidth.
The friends and family are also gathering through video chats…I feel like the Carousel of Progress at Disney World is coming to real life. We are now video chatting with almost everyone! We had a family reunion complete with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins last night tuning in 5 screens. It was a little wild! We determined that the kids need their own channel to show off and goof off with one another!
We are adjusting to a new normal, and it kind of feels great in some ways to me. I like being at home. I like my immediate family a lot…I love em of course! I only yelled at our sons once in the two weeks they have been off from school. They were playing a PVC sword battle in the pool, and I drew the line in the sand to “STOP!” when the shards of one PVC sword were flying to bits all over the pool/patio. We are adjusting. How about you? Drop me a comment please. I’d love some interactions with others outside of my family!
Dear Lord, You are the beginning of wisdom. As Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Forgive me when I try to go to the news or Facebook feed for knowledge. Help me instead to rest at Your feet in prayer and in reading Thy Word. I know this season of adjustment will be better if I include You more in the journey. Amen.