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Productive Things to Do While the World is Slowing Down

The Coronavirus 2019 disease, or COVID-19, is a scary worldwide phenomenon.  The stealthy onset, the silent but deadly attacks, and the increasing dilemma it brings made you and I worried and incapacitated in many ways.  Unlike a Yolanda-like typhoon, or a Taal-like, or even Pinatubo-like eruption, the COVID-19 limits the people from fully reaching out to those infected.  The fear of contamination, and possible death, supersedes the desire to help and lend a helping hand. 

In fact, to keep the disease at bay, the whole world has slowed down.  Work is confined to the homes. Classes are cancelled.  Quarantines are enforced.  Mass transportation and flights are halted indefinitely.  Experts from all over the world struggle to fight the pandemic.

Keeping our hands and minds busy is crucial to take our focus on worry.  Here are some things we can do even from within the confines of our homes:

Start conversations with your family

Now that we are forced to stay at home, there is no excuse not to spend time with our families. The home is now almost complete.  The dining table can become an opportunity to open conversations about things that were left out during the busiest of days.  When we talk about what’s happening, what we fear and what we hope for, we become real and true to each other.

Do self-enriching activities

Wanting to learn a new skill but did not have the time to begin? Now is the perfect time to sit down and learn cooking, gardening, or stitching. We can catch up on books we were dying to read. We have more than enough time to binge on the series everybody has been talking about. And most importantly, we now have more time to sit down, be silent, and read God’s Word.  Especially in these troubled times, God’s word will reassure us that He is in control.  We just need to trust Him that He is with us today, tomorrow, and always.

Set some minutes to stretch

If there seems to have limited space or equipment at home to do this, do not worry.  There are a lot of guides online to help upstart that cardio training we have all been dreaming about.   Or we may find routines and set workouts with customized tutorials.  The possibilities to have our own virtual gym and personal trainer are endless!  The Bible teaches us that as our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we can glorify God through our bodies [1 Cor. 6:19-20]. Healthy bodies, minds, and emotions glorify God.  By taking care of our physical bodies, we do not just develop our physical health, but our emotional and mental well-being as well.

Take some quiet time

While the rest of the world panics with uncertainty, we can spend some time to silence our hearts, to pray and to meditate. We can consider the lockdown and quarantine as an opportunity to encounter God over and over again. The Bible reassures us that we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” [Hebrews 4:16].


Especially today, Lord, when I have plenty of idle time in my hands, may I use it wisely.  Remind me that time that passes by cannot be retrieved. Even in my alone time, I pray that I will still glorify You.  I ask for Your mercy upon our nation, and the whole world. Amen.

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