This is a strange time for me—and for all of us!
Just ten days ago, I flew home from a speaking engagement through Philadelphia—not knowing this would be the last time I would work for (quite possibly) months.
Five days ago, I cried on my way home from the grocery store because the shelves were bare—I was making dinner for another family and was unable to find enough chicken for my own. (We found what we needed and all is well now, but initially, this was a shock for me and I cried overwhelming tears from shock and uncertainty.)
Today, I am investigating how to do remote learning alongside my four elementary-aged children and managing my pandemic-induced agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder.
I am doing the best I can.
Because I know I am doing my best to manage all of the uncertainty in my life, this leads me to compassion—my compassion allows me to see: you are doing the best you can too!
In this time of social distancing, we need to show up for people in new ways.
We can write letters—a lost art I long to grow in!
We can make phone calls.
We can engage in someone’s social media post instead of scrolling past it—as if we didn’t see it.
We can like someone’s video or attempt at doing the best they can with balancing work and school from home.
We can comment—great article, good job, or I am here—when we see people we know doing the best they can.
We can encourage.
The simplest thing we can do at this time is redeem social media and be kind to one another.
In this strange time of social distancing, social media will become a main source of connection for many.
You never know the battles, fears, and uncertainties people are dealing with.
Like more, comment more, engage more.
Watch someone’s at home workout video and comment, “Great job, thank you for teaching me.”
You never know who in your feed may need some encouragement at the exact moment you see their post.
Being kind on social media is a simple thing we all can do to show love and be intentional about pursuing connections during this strange time.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).