“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” —2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
I have been trying to keeping myself away from anxiety driving news of COVID-19. But somehow it still reaches you.
We have cases of COVID-19 near to where I stay. There are areas that have been closed by police to avoid the spread of infection. It is too tempting not to worry. But I found a remedy for that and it will be helpful for you too. Memorize scriptures and confess God’s promises in your life and in the life of your loved ones. Remember – Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Fasting from temporal things helps us slowly realize God’s purpose in our life
Be more mindful of who we are. Thank and Praise Him. Thank God for He choose us , even before the foundations of the world were set. [Ephesians 1:4]. He has called us as His own children. He tells us that we can run to Him and He will be our fortress and safe refuge.
Be mindful of what we have. Thank and Praise Him. It’s true that everything we have on earth is due to God’s grace and favour. Relationships and material resources are from God. They are temporary. They are flawed because of how we handle them and thus affect us a great deal. Fixing our eyes on Jesus helps us focus on how big God is and how small our problem is. A relationship with Christ gives hope and stability. Hope according to the scripture means ‘strong and confident expectation’. Hope in Christ gives us confidence that we can face uncertain days because He lives. When our connection with Christ is strong and secure, the rest fall in place.
Be more aware of our responsibilities. Ask Him for guidance. God did not put us on this planet and say “Go figure”. He has provided a manual in the form of ‘The Bible’ and a system in the form of ‘human relations’. We are not to live for ourselves. Fixing our eyes on Jesus helps us focus on the various responsibilities that one has as a father, husband, wife, mother, grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, sister, daughter, cousin, neighbour and friend. Ask God for guiding us in dealing with responsibilities. He is a creative God and can give us creative ideas to fulfil our responsibilities. Don’t burn out by thinking you need to know all and do all. We are not Super Man or Wonder Women 🙂
Be more aware of the capabilities God has given us. Ask Him to reveal it to us and enable us for His kingdom sake. I used the plural word here ‘capabilities‘ since I am sure we have more than one of it. A capability is anything that you can do? Ask a question – “What am I capable of doing?” The answer could be cleaning, gardening, listening, taking care of children, cooking, reading etc. Don’t ignore these as anything less. These are as important as any and without it being done I am sure a house-hold will not function efficiently. Now that we have a list of our capabilities, ask a question – “Have I used my God-given capabilities or opportunities (education, Work experience, Travel Experience, talents etc) to best use?” A year back I earned a degree in ‘Early childhood care and education’. This qualifies me to be a teacher for children aged 0 to 8. The degree enabled me to understand how a child learns and I have been homeschooling my 23-month-old daughter Eden for a while now. I also enjoy teaching Renae my 9-year-old daughter although she is still a part of the regular school system. I teach both of them in ways that would keep them interested in the subject. I won’t do a perfect job, but I know that I am using the database I have for them.