COVID-19 has interrupted many of our normal routines, but as the quarantine nears its second month many of us have developed new routines. The amount of time we spend with our immediate family has increased, and we’ve figured out ways to have fun together (and not drive each other crazy). The way we work has changed, but we have figured out ways to still be productive. They way we’ve gone to school has changed, but we have figured out ways to still learn what is required.
In the midst of figuring out this new normal, many of us have picked up new hobbies or rediscovered interests that had been put on the back burner. Social media is filled with people sharing about how they pulled out their paint and brushes they haven’t used in years or how they have taken up baking bread (which explains why flour is difficult to come by and yeast is nearly impossible to find). It seems that we have collectively realized that we need to add at least one thing into our new routine that we find enjoyable, soothing, and even a bit challenging; that by producing something positive in these difficult times, we are better able to maintain balance.
This concept should not be foreign to Christians, since God calls us to create good things in our lives. When we produce the fruit of the Spirit, we are able to maintain a good mental and spiritual balance even though we are in a broken and sinful world. Additionally, this fruit does not only benefit us, but it is also a blessing to those around us. “What good people produce is like a life-giving tree. Those who are wise give new life to others” (Proverbs 11:30). May we allow God’s Spirit to produce good things in our lives, both for our own good and for the good of others!