written by Katie Choi
How are you doing? Really, how are you doing? We are all adjusting to life at home and trying to figure out what that looks like. In a world where we are going and going and going, how do we slow down and find connection when we are at home and not going about our common responsibilities? How do we be intentional about community when kids are home during the day and work and other tasks still need to get done? How do we keep up community when we can’t be around people like we are used to? Well, here’s a novel answer for you: I don’t know for sure. I haven’t done this before, and I know the rest of you can say the same. We probably aren’t really sure about anything right now, and you know what, that can be all right.
For the next few Fridays, we are going to share some ideas about what community at home can look like. One thing I want to make clear is that by sharing this, we are just giving you some ideas that you can use at your discretion. You might have other ideas or choose to do different things, and that is okay. This is not meant to be another item added to your never ending to do list that can lead to even more stress. This is not that! Say it with me, this is not that! Since we are all in this together, we all have to make sure we let grace abound and overflow to one another and not let that self-condemnation talk slip in because we just ain’t got time for that.
In just a super practical sense, we all still have use of our cell phones. Can you do your best to reach to people to check in on them? Text or call your friends and ask if they are all right. Ask how they are doing, really how they are doing. Ask how you can pray for them. That is one very realistic way to love your neighbor. See if they need toilet paper. Maybe you know someone who lives alone or doesn’t have a huge support network locally, check on them, too. Don’t pass this up. On my work team, we try to live out this saying: “always say the nice thing you are thinking.” Our motives in that is not to let an opportunity pass where we can pay someone a compliment or be encouraging or love someone well. This concept isn’t new and it lines up so perfectly with our company’s values. So many people do this already, and it is so beautiful to see, but in these times encouragement will be at a premium.
In the weeks to come, we will explore a few different things to think about that could bring about some action and intentionality to your new routines. I hope that we can redeem this time in small ways. I’ll leave you today with some Scripture to reflect on, and I look forward to connecting next Friday.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
I am praying with you and for you and wishing you all peace.