The Opportunity of Disruption
Most of us are experiencing disruption right now. Either you have much less to do, much more to do, or all new ways to figure out what to do. Let’s use this moment of disruption to grow as followers of Jesus.
Finding a helpful rhythm for life helps us be intentional about things that are important. Generations of Jesus-followers have used intentional practices and relational rhythms like this to create space for abiding with God and allow us to bring our lives into alignment with our hopes, desires, and values.
1. Pause for prayer & scripture
Take moments to pause, breathe, and remember who God is. Many people find it helpful to start the day in quiet prayer and scripture reading before anything digital, like Instagram, or the news, or television. Ground your day by connecting with God. Pause along the way to remember him.
2. Create a gratitude ritual
Draw your attention to the things for which you are grateful. Perhaps you write them down each morning, or share with those close to you around the dinner table in the evening. Be intentional about noticing what is good and hopeful.
3. Exercise or go for a walk
If at all possible, while maintaining proper social distancing, exercise or go for a walk through your neighborhood. Take care of your body and engage with God’s bigger world.
4. One “focal practice”
Find an activity in which you are able to give your complete focus without getting distracted or finding yourself concerned about the conditions of the outside world. This can be gardening, woodworking, cooking, reading, art, chess, etc.
5. Relational touch point
Establish a relational touch point with a close friend, family member, or people in your Ezra circle. This is a time to draw closer in relationships, through the benefit of technology, not grow more distant.
6. Limit intake of news
The news cycle moves at a rapid pace, but our internal tempo is not meant to live at that speed. Consider limiting your intake to two times daily at most. Offset news intake with sources of beauty and creativity like art, music, reading, etc.
7. Limit screen time and escapist behaviors
It will be very easy to indulge in escapist behaviors. Find ways to limit your intake of things like alcohol, social media, television, sugar, staying up late, etc. Do things that are life-giving and feed your soul instead.
We live with open hands. How can the blessing of God that flows to you also flow through you? Who can you serve or bless today? Bless your church and your community.
9. Virtual community during the week
Continue to connect with your Ezra community on a regular basis. Physical distance doesn’t have to equal relational distance. Make a commitment to connect with your group and be ready to care for one another. Choose a digital platform that works for everyone (Zoom may be a good option.)
10. Sabbath and worship
Keep your routine to worship God with your church family. Practice Sabbath (pausing from work to rest and connect). Join in the Ezra Living Room Experience to worship together, learn from the Scriptures, and create space to connect with God.