Colossians 2:7-“Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye has been taught, abiding therein with thanksgiving.”
Crisis can be either a curse or a blessing, depending on what you make of it. It can be a curse, if you allow it to lock down your life. On the other hand, it can be a great blessing if you turn it into an opportunity to grow and make your life richer. Joseph grew during adversity and was eventually able to tell his brothers: ‘what you intended for evil, God has turned to good’- Genesis 50:20. That can be your testimony too.
How can you use the present lockdown to better your life?
1. By utilizing the period to grow and turn your mind into a formidable intellectual powerhouse. By feeding your mind with scripture, literature, and other edifying materials, which are in abundant supply on the internet, you will become a stronger and more confident person to face the world, after the crisis. Proverbs 23:7 confirms that your life is a reflection of your mind. You have all the time you can ever desire, now. Use it to grow your inner being. It is your movement that is restricted, not your mind. Put your mind to work! The resources you need are all around you. If you search your house, you’ll also find old books you’ve never read. Read geography. History. Politics. Science. Nature. Anything to improve and keep your mind active and fresh. Those books and pamphlets that adorn your shelf, pick them up and read. This is the time to invest in the real you-your mind, so it can serve you better later. Your mind is your greatest asset, dont let it diminish, irrespective of your age. Gain knowledge in unfamiliar areas. If you fail to feed your mind in a healthy way, it will not grow healthily. The quality of your mind determines the quality of your life. Prov:4:23. “Guide your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life”.
2. By using this period to grow your imagination. Imagination is one of man’s greatest assets bequeathed by God. Your mind and your imagination are intertwined. The better the quality of your mind, the more creative your imagination will be. In Genesis 11:6, God said nothing can stop a man from accomplishing whatever he can imagine. In 1 Samuel 17: 46, David said to Goliath: “…I will kill you, cut off your head and feed your carcass to fowls and wild animals.” And he did. That was the power of imagination at work. Only an imaginative mind could have written the Psalms of David. If you can see it in your mind, you can achieve it. Imagination, which is the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful, is the mother of ideas. Men and women of ideas rule the world. Those who profit from crisis, after the crisis, are people who, while others were busy watching television and engaging in social media and other frivolities, were busy growing their imagination, seeing beyond the visible, and hearing the inaudible. After crisis, they make things happen, while others wait for things to happen. Powerful imaginations are mostly created during physical hibernation by great minds.
3. You can grow your faith more. Jesus said in Mark 9:23 that nothing is impossible for those that believe. In Mark 5:28, the woman with the issue of blood grew her faith to the point that she believed that all she needed to do to receive her healing was to simply touch the hem of Jesus garment, whereas there were people pressing on Him, without any encounter. In Mathew 8:8, the Centurion told Jesus: ‘you don’t need to come to my house, just speak the word, and my servant shall be healed.’ That was how much he had grown his faith. By reading the scriptures, listening to sermons and testimonies, aided by deep meditation, during this period, you can grow and build up your faith to become a better believer. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by a continuous hearing of God’s Word. Many will have their faith seriously challenged after this crisis, and only the strong in faith and bold in imagination will survive. That is why you need to grow your faith in God now, in preparation for the future ahead. Faith turns you into a storm rider!
4. Grow your competence. Isaiah 54:2 says: “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strength thy stakes.” This is a very powerful scripture for this season, speaking of growing. As a professional in your field, this is a time to grow your competence beyond the present level, despite physical restriction. Excellence has no limit. You must not stop the risk of success until your good becomes better, your better becomes best, and your best becomes glorious. So, even you are already big, you can strive to be bigger. Post-crisis periods always present new challenges even in the way professions are practiced. Only those with sharpened and enhanced skills and competencies, will be able to compete. Yesterday’s methods may not be enough in the post covid-19 era. You must accept and be ready to adapt to the reality that the world has changed. Now is the time to prepare for the new world by sharpening your skills and competences in isolation so as to remain relevant when the doors of the world re-open. Develop better skills, take online refresher courses, read up the latest developments in your field. Adaptability rather than experience, will most likely, determine relevancy, going forward. So, use this time to grow into it.
In conclusion, remember that to stop growing, is in essence, to die. Wake up every day determined to grow beyond yesterday. Only then will tomorrow meet you well-prepared. May your tomorrow be better than your today, in Jesus name. Amen.
Have a beautiful weekend and God bless you.