It’s been nearly nine months since the pandemic broke onto the scene. With a vaccine coming, there’s every chance that life will return to some semblance of normalcy in the not-too-distant future.
But what does that mean? Normal. Does that mean we go back to living life the way we used to. If we haven’t grown in the image of Christ, what will we have learned from the trial of 2020?
Personally, I saw some life change this past year that I’d now like to build on. It’s not that I want to strive in the flesh, but I do want practice those things that I have started in my life as God graces me to do so. The Scripture seems to support this kind of thinking. Although as a Christ follower, we are called to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11), yet at the same time, we should strive to be more like Jesus with every passing day. We should always be asking God to teach us to “love what he loves, and hate what he hates.”
Such was the life of the apostle Paul. I love his passion for a “daily new normal.”
In Philippians 3: 12-14, it says “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
So many times, during the lockdown, I heard people say that they were looking forward to getting back to normal. But status quo living was apparently not a part of Paul’s vocabulary.
If life does return to the pattern we were used to pre-pandemic, let’s allow the extra time spent with the Lord these past few months fuel our passion to be more like him.
Something to think about.