As many of you know, I was excited for the year 2020. Personally, I envisioned it (and still do) as a “stepping stone” year to get me where I’d like to be personally, professionally, etc. I knew it would be a year of great challenge and hardship, having to endure certain things I don’t like but are necessary for a grand future that’s sure to come.
However, barely 3 months into this new year, we are faced with a crisis unlike any other in for nearly a century; that crisis is a pandemic. As I look out of my downtown window overlooking what is normally a pretty busy street, there are very few cars on the road and even fewer people on the sidewalks. By some people’s point of view, our city streets have been reduced to that of a ghost town.
The circumstances are grim and there is no need to deny that fact. However, there is something else we must not deny either – the Lord remains in control.
Now is the time to seek out the Lord like you’ve never done before, especially if you don’t know Him. But my heart is really yearning for those who think they know Him but do not. The United States is the most churched nation in the world, yet one of the most ungodly.
As part of my daily reading, I studied the book of Philippians yesterday and although it is a book I’ve read numerous times, I saw something different in its content this time. Specifically, Phil. 4:8 where the Apostle Paul admonishes us to meditate on “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
I believe now is the time to run and cling (my favorite expression) to the Savior. Have you thought about your life and what it means? Do you feel lost during this crisis with no where to go? Maybe you or someone you love has been afflicted with this virus and suddenly you feel helpless and disoriented. If so, then I believe that is a call….a call to God.
Although I’ve been a convert of Christ for 22 years, I too have been called to go deeper in the Lord and oh how thankful I am for this calling, especially this year as I continue to believe in Him for promotion and progression in every area of my life. Moreover, as Paul wrote, it is a time to truly focus on all those things of God – truth, purity, nobility, loveliness – all while keeping your heart and mind fixed on Christ.
I want to add one last thing. Be sure to be “kind” and “sensitive” during this very volatile time. Many people are not only dealing with physical illness, but with the mental hardships associated with paying bills and feeding their families. Just yesterday, a minister of the Lord sent me a rather insensitive message that really threw me for a loop. We discussed it and they were quick to apologize in recognition of the tone used (this is truly a beautiful person of God who was merely trying to convey a sense or urgency). Now more than ever, true kindness is needed; in fact, it is essential.
So don’t let this time make you a couch potato. Be sure to get that exercise in, even if it is in your living room or your garage. Movement is key, especially if you are healthy and symptom-free. If you are fortunate enough to live in a better part of the country where the temperatures are warm, make sure you are going outside to get that exercise. You’ll find the fresh air will do you good, especially during this time of isolation.
I still plan to return to racing this year although it may be later than I anticipated given the virus. Nonetheless, keep exercising, keep praying and cling to the Lord. He’ll bring you comfort that surpasses all understanding.
Love you all and thank you so much for all the great notes, comments, etc. Keep them coming – I love hearing from you!