Our world is in need of healing. Collectively we have tried to navigate through what we have experienced during the last 18 months, but quite honestly, for me, it has been totally traumatising yet a blessing. Unfortunately, for many it has notbeen a blessing. In fact, there have been many who have struggled immensely to navigate these times, while many have navigated successfully without any concerns at all.
As I write about navigating how to journey over this bridge, I find myself wondering today, HOW ARE YOU? How are your relationships? How is your family? When was the last time you were able to have an enjoyable day with the people you love? Yes, take an inventory to assess how you are doing. How are you spiritually? Have you found yourself in a good place or a hard place? How is your mind? Are you worried or at peace? Finally, how is your body? Have you found yourself more stressed? Are you eating comfort food to manage? Have you taken on a healthier eating lifestyle?
In this masked world, we have gotten away from checking in on each other. It has been a long time since I have seen a simple smile. I would say, this time has been really good for people who don’t like smiling, or even talking to people. For anyone who wanted to hide behind a mask – this was perfect.
I want to remind myself that we, as the BODY OF CHRIST, have to remember to be the light. As we transition out of the masks into a more open world, we will need to be the light. Matthew 5:16 encourages us of the light we should be. I want to look at it from two versions. The King James Version (KJV) is straightforward, in that we have to show our works through being a light, and God will be glorified.
Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Then the Message version of this:
Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)
- Return to your community of worship. I have my community of worship. I serve as the Assistant Pastor in my local ministry, and I have deepened relationships with significant people I trust.
- Socialise and continue to connect with people. I find myself connecting with people who I genuinely connect with, and with people who really understand me.
- Read your word for wisdom. I read my word for inspiration.
- Praise. Sing songs of praise. I have found great worship videos on YouTube to help navigate through times of struggle.
- Be led by the Holy Spirit. I ask and allow the Spirit of God to lead and guide me in everything I do in my life.
- Serenity Prayer – accept what you can’t change.
- Avoid toxic people and toxic situations. Minimise the toxicity in your life.
- Relax and rest.
- Build new knowledge.
- Generosity – give your time, talents and abilities.
- Exercise – walk, swim or light jog.
- Eat well – increase your fruits and vegetables.
- Get fresh air – breathe in fresh air and the sun.
- Breathe – just breathe.
- Relax and rest.
Those are just a few thoughts about how I have remained well. Once we know you are well, how do you plan to check in with others? I really suggest taking some time to check in with others. See how someone else is navigating through this season.
As the world opens up again, we will begin to see the residual impact of these times. Be ready to shine your light. The world needs what you have. I encourage you to stay in a place of FAITH & REST. Then our Father would be truly glorified.
Tina Boyle Whyte
Please reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to the opportunity to help you to get from where you are to where you want and need to be.
Written by: Tina Boyle Whyte