As a child, former procrastinators, I heard reference to an aunt being “in confinement.” She was nearing her due date so mostly stayed home, but at the end of that time – a new life!
My prayer is that we will live new lives after this – lives more focused on what truly counts. Return to our old “normal” may not be the wisest. After this we can rush less, take on less, know each other better. We’ll have to consciously do those later; now the opportunity has been thrust upon us.
Time – or extra time – in God’s Word is the best thing to seize now. The best refreshment and guidance.
The chance to deepen or even begin new relationships is in our laps. What dreams do your children have? What concerns weigh on your friend? We can listen and encourage now and when this is over.
Perhaps we can also do something we’ve put off. Clean a closet, take an online course, organize drawers, go through magazines. Even with kids underfoot, there’s something small scale that will encourage you. Hobbies? Research? Files to cull? A musical instrument to warm up? What unfinished project could you pull out and complete?
Reading the same book and discussing it or even reading aloud together opens up chances to talk and learn. We’re doing that here, a little each day. (Mini habit and compound effect at work!)
We’re cleaning out quite a bit. Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things! We’re filling trash and shred bins. We’ve designated two spots in the house where we place things to haul off when we’re allowed. I continue with the photo project which is another form of cleaning out, moving boxed up pictures from “worth less” to more worthwhile.
The men who were my dad’s two best buddies come to mind. I’ll give them a call.
What’s your biggest opportunity during this confinement?