2. The Treasure of Being
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, people were primarily activity-oriented. With COVID-19, many discovered the unexpected joy of being rather than always doing. Living in presence, we’ve discovered we are more than what we do.
The pandemic forced us to deal with present realities. Before the pandemic, some were obsessed with always showing their “best face” on Facebook—trying to impress others or show off their latest purchase.
But as hair grew wild and roots began to show, and the norms of life we’d come to expect were stripped away, there was less of a desire to impress and more of a need to “get real.”
With new transparency, people shared their neediness online and in text messages, asking for prayer. For some, social media developed into a time of being genuine friends, not just having them.
Also, with more time to think, people began to examine their hearts and thoughts before God. “The heart” is the center of our being. In times of stillness, God sparked a work of fresh grace in many people’s lives, and caused them to thirst for spiritual transformation.
Perhaps because so much of regular church body life was shut down, being right before God as individuals suddenly became more important than doing things for Him and receiving acknowledgment or praise from others for doing them.
How to Keep the Treasure:
Be in the moment—rather than rehearsing the past or worrying about the future. As you practice the presence of God, ask Him to give you a humble, teachable heart. Seek to be more transparent and less hidden so you can minister to others in their times of need.
Especially on social media, consider how you present yourself to others. Rather than seeking to just impress, consider influencing others for good and for the Kingdom of God. Respond to others’ needs for prayer and resources. Most important, be with the Lord...allowing Him to continue helping you become the person He created you to be.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
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