As countries around the world move to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), millions of people have been advised and even requested by their governments to self-quarantine. From Argentina to Canada to France and beyond, by mid-March 2020, national governments have decreed preventative measures, including staying home for two, three, or more weeks. School sessions have been canceled, public venues have been closed, and churches have moved to online worship services only. Public transportation is being drastically reduced or suspended. One after the other, public health experts are advising people to stay inside as much as possible.
It’s very likely that millions of Seventh-day Adventists church members are also affected.
According to media reports, most people staying home are still working regular hours, so it does not mean they’re on vacation or have suddenly many hours to spare. For many, however, saving daily commuting time and the usual time they used to spend with other errands may mean they have some extra hours on their hands.
What could we as Seventh-day Adventists do during that time? What activities, initiatives, or projects could we undertake not only to “pass the time” but to make the most of those extra hours? Here are 12 suggestions to consider:
1. Be thankful. Chances are, the quarantine has affected your personal and family daily routine. Both in your personal and your family life, however, make a point of being thankful for what you have and not complain about what you lack. It’s something that implies accepting that even in the best of cases, life is full of ups and downs. Every day, however, presents a new opportunity. As an old saying goes, “Those who see the glass half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.” Or as the prophet Jeremiah put it following the experience of Jerusalem’s destruction, “[God’s] compassions fail not. They are new every morning” (Lam. 3:22, 23). Thank God for such a blessing.