Friday, 12 June 2020

where do we go from here?

doesn't it feel like this year God is taking everything we knew and shaking it up. asking us whether we want to keep going on the way we are... in the way we do life, relationship, church, faith, work, parenthood, society... everything.

you know how on holiday for a week you would usually have some good time to reflect on your life, because you don't have your regular distractions? like you'd be able to think 'if i decluttered my wardrobe when i get home that would help me think more clearly' or 'i really need to get back into menu planning because it helps life go more smoothly'. it's like that, but EXTRA. so many of us have had lots of our regular life distractions taken away and that has given us time to really truly REFLECT.

now, there's some people who started to reflect, and felt so overwhelmed that they shut off that thought train and carried on with the everyday. and there are some who want to think things through and even started, but the overwhelm broke them. and then there are some who are just muddling their way through and trying super hard to figure this all out. i don't feel like many of us can really grasp the magnitude of the history, politics, emotions, etc, that this whole period of time IS.

so, where do we go from here?

we go in love.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

let's not be judgemental. let's be honest. let's be here for each other in simple ways. let's listen. let's give people the benefit of the doubt. let's be quick to forgive. i feel like now is going to be such a major moment in our history, and you need to be clear about where you stand. i stand with LOVE.

we go in peace, without worry of the future.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34

i've heard a few people worry about where this is all going. i'd suggest that those people consider what you're reading/watching/listening to - where are you getting your worries from? are you spending too much time consuming news articles, obsessing over details.

i challenge you to decide how much of your time you want to chose to spend worrying, instead you can CHOSE to spend your time with family, time doing things you love, time spent developing your spiritual life, your creativity or expanding your mind. that doesn't mean you're not informed, it just means you should BE IN CONTROL of what you watch, and not let it control you.

we go in confidence, because He is by our side and He is in control.

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10

even if you don't have it all together, even if you can't figure out how you feel, even if you are doubting God in this, or you're questioning everything, He is still right there with you. and He really does have a better and bigger plan than you can imagine or reason.

i've struggled in the past with being able to communicate how i feel, and i still do to this day. we live in a very politically correct world, and i find it impossible to get it right all of the time, but i try to be sensitive to others all the time and my heart is always in the right place, even if i say things wrong. at this time i think it's better for us to talk about how we feel, instead of being silent. even if we mess it up or people disagree. we've all been silently carrying on for too long about too many things. don't be afraid of apologising, don't let your pride get in the way of truth.

we go together, with a corporate view of the future.

"The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable... If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
1 Corinthians 12:21-26

one of the great things that i hope will come out of the lockdown will be an increased sense of corporate responsibility in the world, to really see how we rely on each other, how we can benefit each other, how we need to protect our larger system, and how small the world really is, and how similar we all are.

we need to imagine what sort of world we want to live in, we need to visualise it, write it, depict it in popular culture. we need to work towards that more. what sort of world are you fighting for?

but, what can i do?

if you're like me, you'll be wanting a practical outcome to all of this... a way to channel that emotion and overwhelm... and way to move forwards and not backwards into old ways....

but there are almost too many things to do, and yet seemingly none at all. and the only thing we can really do in the overwhelm of all of this is THE NEXT THING. however small or however big that may seem. whether it’s listening or talking to a friend, whether it’s praying regularly for our government, whether it’s campaigning for a cause you believe in, whether it’s making your partner a cup of tea or running yourself a bath.

you may feel super tiny and insignificant and powerless, but know that your power lies in the SMALL things, the little things you do to encourage those in your circle of influence (however small or large that is), we are all connected, just like our body is connected. so that tiny thing you do can have a massive impact on something somewhere else in the system. and if we all truly believed that, how powerful that would be?

peace be with you x

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