Lessons Learned from Lockdowns
Lessons Learned from Lockdowns
The past year presented us with a myriad of challenges, changes, and adjustments. Many of us learned how to work from home, school from home, and stay at home. We became more dependent on online information, delivery services, and online shopping. Our conversations started including phrases like social distancing and personal protective equipment. We experienced a range of emotions – fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, exhaustion, and being overwhelmed. As time went on, we learned new schedules, new rules, and new ways of doing things. We got creative with entertaining bored toddlers and helping our students learn how to attend virtual school. We realized that it was ok if our dog barked or our child (or spouse) photobombed a Zoom call. What else did we learn?
Trust … but Verify
During the pandemic, we have been presented with information overload. We get reports from doctors, hospitals, the CDC, and the White House, as well as individuals who may, or may not, agree with what was being reported. We are being instructed to do different things by different people to “stop the spread.” It is sometimes difficult to figure out what choices need to be made for us and our families. This is when we trust … but verify. We trust that the issue is serious, and we need to do something, but we must verify what actions to take that are best for us. Most of us probably turn to the Lord at this point to ask for guidance.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Invest in People
One of the more challenging things we had to overcome is not having contact with family and friends. I see the reports on television of families standing outside the windows at nursing homes and hospitals waving and blowing kisses and it brings tears to my eyes knowing they cannot hug their grandparent, parent, or other family member. This past Christmas was very different for most families as well. We are now very aware of the importance of investing in people – spending time with them, sharing memories, a call, a text – just something to let them know they are important to us. As we are now able to spend more time together with family and friends, make it count.
Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Galatians 6:10 – “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Zoom no longer refers to the ability to move or travel very quickly. It is our connection to the outer world. Whether it is Zoom, Google, WebEx, Teams, or any of the other platforms, video conferencing has become part of our daily life. It is the way we stay connected with work, family, and friends. We have made it fun with virtual backgrounds, kids photobombing, and pets making unannounced appearances. We have gotten creative with virtual birthday parties, girls’ nights out, and fantasy football drafts. Grandparents have embraced it so they can see their children and grandchildren. Lockdowns have shown us that we can reach around the world or next door. Even as we begin to gather in person again, I think we will adopt a hybrid so we can have our friends and family – both near and far!
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Although these are observations I saw during the lockdowns, we can and should always remember these things. What have you learned through the lockdowns? Please share your thoughts below.
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