No More Competing
The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have come out of nowhere. To be honest, I can hardly remember what I was doing the week prior to my family and I deciding that we would practice social distancing. I do remember our transition being gradual and then suddenly abrupt. During a pillow-talk conversation, Jeremy suggested I lay off the gym for a while until things cooled down; I reluctantly agreed. The next morning, I found myself at my cycling class, which felt unusually eerie, as if we all had the same pillow-talk the night prior and went against our better judgment, or our spousal advice. That was my last exercise class and communal activity...March 12th.
As we began to settle into our new homestead routine, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. In my quietness, I discovered that I was relentlessly in competition with time, pre-COVID-19. I fought like a wild woman trying to outpace it. Time always seemed to win and on the days I won, I used every ounce of energy graced to me to cross the finish line first. Looking back, there was no way I could have ever maintained that lifestyle pace. Personally, I know God has called me to live life well and to travel my journey with grace. My task is simple; love God, cherish family, and love people. This guidepost, to me, is crystal clear. My friend, God never designed you nor I to compete with time. Make the best use of it, yes, but compete with it, no. The Bible says that Noah was righteous and blameless; most importantly, he WALKED with God. Like Noah, I choose to walk with God, step-by-step, and no longer compete with time.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13