I was asking someone the other day how they were doing during this time of “sheltering in place.” They said that they and their family and friends were healthy physically and managing okay financially. While they did not have any major complaints, they did admit that they were bored. They said they were all caught up on their housework, yard work and other chores and now they just didn’t know what to do.
I am sure that my friend is not alone in feeling bored and “wanting something to do.” I have found that the best way to find out what to do is to first focus on how to be. One of my favorite passages on how to be is found in Ephesians chapter 4. In the first verse of that chapter Paul tells the Church they should be mindful of what they do. Walk in a manner worthy of the calling God has placed on their lives. That chapter closes with Paul reminding the church that the things we should do flow from who we should be. In Ephesians 4:32 Paul says:
Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
That is a great way to be. Kind. Tender-hearted. Forgiving one another. Offering the same grace, the same goodness and the same love that we have received. Want to know what to do today? Start off with how to be today. Be kind to one another, be tender-hearted and forgiving one another. If you start with “how to be” you will know what to do.