“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
– Colossians 3:23
There’s a common practice in sports that I think we can learn a lesson from in this strange time, as many of us find ourselves at home and forced to take a break from our regular routine. Interestingly, the winning team in major league athletics often gets a longer break between the end of the season and the start of postseason than the rest; they may get two weeks whereas the other teams get one. Though they probably do need the additional days to recover, it’s worth noting that the first time they play upon their return, they often get clobbered. You see, there’s something about being out of the rhythm of practice and hard work that can be detrimental if we’re not careful. While it is vitally important to have regular periods of rest, it’s equally important to continue working hard and embracing the path of challenge.
My friend, God has given you a unique opportunity in this season. If you suddenly find yourself with more spare time than you’ve had for a while, I encourage you to steward it well. If you’re working remotely, do it with all your heart and give it your very best. If you’re not, take a break from the routine, but don’t allow your mind to atrophy. Seek the Lord’s guidance, listen for His voice, and use these precious moments to cultivate the seeds of greatness He’s planted in your heart. Read, learn new skills, take a class, pray about your future, write a book, or start a blog. This crossroads, though shrouded in uncertainty, could be the beginning of something that will change the course of your life and the lives of many others!
Jesus, I give you these extra moments that I have to rest, reflect, and learn, and I ask you to use them for your glory.
How will you steward this unexpected season well?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.