March 25, 2020

Romans 8:5-9 … “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” vs. 6

It’s easy to lose focus during troubled times. We can’t even check our social media without being reminded of the latest rumor or report from the CDC. Everyone is talking about the pandemic, and no one knows how long it will last or what its effects will be. The one blessing that we have is plenty of time! We’re staying at home, for the most part in company with those we love the most, and we’re actually getting the opportunity to set our minds on the Spirit. Of course that’s not particularly easy to do, but our congregations are doing a great job of sending out every kind of spiritual tool that we could imagine. We can watch streaming worship services from multiple congregations and catch sermons from preachers in diverse places. This has the potential to be our deepest Lenten season ever—if we can only shake our minds away from matters of the flesh. Paul promised that life and peace would be the rewards for those who managed to wrest their attention from toilet paper shortages and focus on the Spirit of the Risen Christ. And he’s right! What a blessing it is to use these uncluttered hours on things that feed our souls! It really is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Thought for the Day: How am I using my extra time?