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Today’s questions is – What’s something you’ve learned since COVID has been around?
The world has certainly had a lot happening in the past year. Shut downs, stay-at-home orders, masks, vaccines, online church, work from home. The list goes on and on. For some people, not too much changed. For others, the entire world changed. I’m going to be honest – not much has changed for me as far as my day to day life is concerned. I work at a bank, and although we may have had our doors closed (letting people in by appointment only), I still had to come to work every day. There was no option to work from home for me. I guess they figured during a shut down people still wanted mortgages. And although the branch staff (for months) operated as an every other week schedule, I did not. Not lying here, I had some pretty bitter feelings about this. I did the math. During that entire time, my coworkers had more than eight weeks at home – not working and still getting paid. I got zero unless I used my personal time off. To say I felt slighted would be an understatement. They got to read, watch movies, lounge, enjoy the weather during those weeks. I worked.
And yet even in that we can learn something. The thing is, life isn’t fair. And while that’s something we all know deep down in our hearts, it’s sometimes extremely difficult to live out a situation such as this without some bitterness in the heart. God did a work on me during COVID. I still have a little bit of irritation over the circumstances, but it’s mostly subsided. God never promised us an easy life. He never promised us a fair life. What He did promise was that He alone could get us through anything, and never once leave us during the process. This is another one of those things that I know deep down in my heart, but it had been a while since I had to rely on God so much. To get rid of my anger. My bitterness. My lack of desire to go to work. My unwillingness to be bright and cheery throughout the days because of my anger and bitterness.
Sometimes the unfair life can really knock you down a few pegs. This did that for me. BUT eventually the bitterness lessened. I started making the best of my days, being at work. My coworkers still needed me. My customers still needed me. My family needed me to not be so negative. But most of all, God needed me to be the best me I could be. We all struggle with this in different ways and on different occasions. We’re human after all, and we’re not perfect. We’re learning, and God is still molding us into what He wants us to be.
Some people had to learn how to teach at home. Some people had to learn how to work from home. Some people had to learn how to get by without social interaction. Me? The biggest lesson I learned from COVID was that bitterness and resentment will just weigh you down. You’ll turn into someone you don’t want to be. The best thing you can do is let it go, give it to God, and be the best representation of Christ that you can be. No matter the consequences, difference in opinion, or how life is treating you.
What about you? What have you learned dealing with COVID over the last year?
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Can’t say I “learned” anything, but rather was swiftly reminded of several things that had slipped into the forgotten all about category. I was reminded to not take anything for granted and to appreciate what those around you and what you have as blessings and not owed to you because at any minute they can be taken away from you. I was reminded to appreciate the here and now because tomorrow is promised to no one. To hold on to the precious memories to tide you through the tough times of today. I was reminded of the words of my Mom about keeping a well stocked pantry and learn to make do with what you have. I was reminded that times talking to a loved one and sharing common interests was much more rewarding that running her and there or with our eyes glued to a computer or TV screen. I was reminded to stop and take time to enjoy nature, to grow beautiful flowers or to just sit on the porch and watch the sun come up or go down.
I think we all need these little reminders. It’s just a shame that it took something like Covid to make us realize what we have and how blessed we are. I’ve learned more about that prayer isn’t about what you want or think we need, but also to ask for healing grace for total strangers and for a cure for a world wide epidemic.
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