What is Normal?

This whole COVID thing has turned the world upside down. It seems to have uncovered some of the worst traits in humanity. Or at least that’s what the news I have seen has focused on.

GOOD things have come about, too. I would say within my own home, that is true. We have had much more focused time together, and I have had quality time with each member of my family. I did NOT miss the rat race of ball practice or games from the spring or summer. I am sad kids didn’t get to play their sports, but they will again.

My 3 kids are in school today.

It is a big deal! We are among the first school districts to return to full-time school – with Covid-19 protocols in place, of course. So it isn’t a “normal” return to school by any means.

I am not fearful for them. I am praying for them and the teachers, administrators, bus drivers, kitchen helpers. Everybody is making big adjustments to life as we knew it, and I don’t think we will ever see normal the way we did before.

But what is Normal, anyway?

I think the definition of “Normal” has changed for us forever. I don’t think that is a bad thing. I think that many of us have learned to become GRATEFUL for the good things, rather than just skipping over them in the pursuit of more, more, more.

A return to Normal isn’t necessary, if it doesn’t include kindness, compassion, or respect for one another. While the news headlines hyperfocus on differences as a negative, I think that most of us have found relief by focusing on the similarities, accepting the differences and moving towards thankfulness.

NOTE: Some days it can be really hard to find the positive. Sometimes, it is enough to be thankful for the breath in your body, the sun in the sky, and a comfortable bed to sleep in. The more we practice gratefulness and thankfulness, the easier it becomes to SEE the good things.

And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the peace of Christ and thankfulness go together. Letting his peace rules our hearts, definitely gives us a new perspective, and that can certainly lead to thankfulness.

Maybe we shouldn’t hope for Normal – at least not the normal we have known. Maybe we should focus daily on letting the peace of Christ rule our hearts so we can be thankful NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS…

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