Refocus on what is most important!
While this pandemic has brought additional stress and work hours upon many medical professionals and workers in essential industries like ours, for many others much of life's daily activity — commuting to work, attending events, running errands — has come to an abrupt stop. This however, may be a gift that we never would have given ourselves.
Many of us have been living like Jesus' friend Martha, who was overwhelmed by all the work to be done. We have become so handcuffed to our daily to-do lists that we have lost sight of what is most important. Now, however, in the midst of a global slowdown, we may finally be able to hear Jesus' words to Martha as something intended for us: "you are worried and distracted by many things. There is need of only one thing" (Lk 10:41). Jesus made clear the "one necessary thing" in (Lk 10:27) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
It is worth considering for ourselves what is most important in life and whether our daily lives actually reflect those priorities. We might ask ourselves, "Have I chosen a life in which sending one more email takes priority over spending time with my family? Have I chosen a bigger paycheck at the expense of my physical and mental wellness?"
Life will be changed after this crisis. That much is for sure! Whether or not it turns out to be a change for the better or worse is somewhat dependent on our ability to reevaluate our priorities, make decisions, and form habits in line with what matters most.
Spend some priceless time at the Lord's feet during this ordained Sabbath and refocus on His on what is most important!