Pastor Brian’s latest mini message video has 11 tips to keep you engaged while you’re staying safe at home. Watch his message here, and read below for his list of tips.
There are two verses in the Bible, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament, that speak to this:
Teach us to number our days that we gain a heart of wisdom.
Be very careful how you live, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Here are the top 10 things Pastor Brian recommends for your time being safe at home.
1|| Read the New Testament.
There are 260 chapters in the New Testament. If you read 10 chapters a day you will read the Bible in the month of April. If you read five chapters a day, you will be done at the end of May… prayerfully, about the time the worst of COVID-19 is past.
2|| Keep a journal.
In one form or another, I have been journaling for 20 years. Every day, take 5 minutes, or 15 minutes, and write down your answers to these questions:
What am I feeling, what I am thinking, how am I really doing today?
Jesus, what do you want to say to me about how I am doing?
Today, what are the things for which I am grateful?
Today, who can I help? Where can I make a difference?
Come up with your own useful questions. Your journaling becomes a conversation with God—deep calling to deep, as the psalmist says. You will find it becomes a new way of prayer.
3|| Resist the easy default to social media bingeing.
Set a time limit. Disconnect for longer periods of time. It can become the biggest time waster if we are not careful.
4|| Limit your news intake.
While we all need to stay informed, remember, what you focus on expands. The constant focus is COVID-19. Get enough information, but don’t let it consume you. I have really cut back to the most essential and most trustworthy daily updates.
5|| Get more active.
Walk. Get outside, especially when the sun is shining. It helps with our mood and energy. Sunshine is good. Fresh air is good. Okay, allergies are not good. Take extra anti-histamines, but get out and get moving. Do push-ups. Do 5 a day. The next day do 10. The day after that 15. Every day add 5 more to your total. By the time you get to 30 push-ups, you might not do them all at one time. Do as many as you can. Rest a few minutes and finish your number. You will be a push-up monster by June 1.
5.5|| Learn something new.
If the time of Corona lasts through May, you have 8 weeks. Spend 15-30 minutes a day learning. Pick ONE thing, one topic, one focus. It can be anything. Spend 8 weeks learning Spanish. Apps are so useful for language learning. There are endless TV series (and podcasts) that are devoted to learning.
6|| Start a new hobby, or pick up an old one.
Do you have a piano or guitar or any musical instrument? Pull it out and see what you can do. There are free lessons on the Internet. You can do sewing, cross-stitch, crossword puzzles, brain games, or put a puzzle together.
7|| Start a new family routine.
Make it fun. Make it meaningful. For any of the things we’ve already mentioned, you can do them as an individual or you can do them as a family. That’s your choice.
8|| Find a quote a day that inspires you.
Write it down in your journal. What do you learn from it? Share your quote with your social media network.
9|| Encourage someone every day.
Be kind to someone every day. Start out with one a day. Next week, make it two a day. People matter most. The time of Corona is a great time to build new relational habits.
10|| Start and end every day with a short prayer.
Good morning, Lord. This is the day you have made. It is full of gifts and opportunities (as well as risks). Help me encounter you throughout the day. And end every day with a prayer. Take just 5 minutes. Rummage back through your day. What were the gifts and graces of each day? Review them with gratitude.
What is on your top 10 list of best things to do in the time of Corona?
Make your list and share it on social media. Start a trend. Tag @LWCCyork in your posts!
Join us for our next Wednesday Night Live, tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Pastor Brian will be sharing how the four mindsets (profoundly self-aware, highly intentional, wisely strategic, and deeply surrendered) shape us during this time of disruption.
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