10. Redefined Relationships
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Instead of using technology as a social escape, divide your technology time between work and intentional social connection. A quarantine reminds us how much we need meaningful, physical connection to the people we know and love.
Use your social time to FaceTime on the phone (or speak face-to-face in person), rather than engaging in endless hours of surfing social media. Practice intentional interactions for the sole purpose of love and friendliness, and focus on real conversation. (Galatians 5:22-26)
We’ve been offered a window to a slower life, and we should take it. Yes, we have to worry about germs and social contact. We are cognizant of a suffering and fearful world. But right now, the majority our schedule will probably be spent in adaptations.
Why not make necessary adaptations that will benefit our lives long-term while we have cause and motive? These new perspectives and practices can continue long after the coronavirus had died out.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This previously-written article has become a resource for many as we face growing fear and anxiety due to the Coronavirus pandemic. God is ALWAYS our source of protection, strength and peace during unknown times. In addition, the following articles may offer more encouragement for all to remember as we face the trials of COVID-19 together:
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Sue Schlesman is a Christian author, speaker, English teacher, and pastor’s wife. She has a BA in Creative Writing and a Master’s in Theology & Culture. Her second book Soulspeak: Praying change into unexpected places released in August and is a Selah Award finalist. Sue’s material appears in a variety of print, online, radio, and podcast mediums. She has a passion for missions, social justice, traveling, reading, and the local church. Sue has been married to her husband Shane for 30 years, and they have 3 adult sons. You can find her writing about life, education, family, and Jesus at sueschlesman.com.