A Change of Pace and the Pace of Change

 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people                  Colossians 3:23

I have been thinking about the idea of what a change of pace looks like as we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Yesterday, I talked about some of the social interaction changes we see because of the virus. I began thinking about how this has affected the pace of our daily lives, and that it has, in some significant ways, slowed us down in that hectic pace. Yet, I also thought about the cultural and historical perspective that I bring to this, and I see that while I think the change of pace has been real, I also realize that there is also a “pace of change”. That is, life these days is much more hectic than the days of my youth, where it seems that we took more time to enjoy the moment. It seems that there was more social acceptance of “free time”. These days, there is hardly any affirmation given to those who would, “stop and smell the roses” so to speak.

Indeed, I myself am much more comfortable “doing something” than just sitting and watching the world around me. I am not sure what it looks like to just sit and think, for example. I might feel just a bit guilty doing that. Maybe that is OK. I don’t even know. I think we are affirmed for being “busy”. Everybody is busy these days, whatever that means. We celebrate “busyness”.

I have considered the hectic pace of the lives of my children, who are in the midst of careers, raising children, and trying to make things right for their families. Kids’ activities are now almost overwhelming, or at least they were pre-COVID. I am not sure that we even know what the right sort of integration is between work time, family time, couples time, social time, and personal time.

I am also aware that we now have the luxury of even trying to make the distinction between work and family time. In the early 20th century, many people had to work 12 hours/day, or longer to simply provide the most basic sustenance to their families. Sustenance has given way to providing a vast array of perceived needs, including sports activities, college funds, retirement funds, and vacation savings, among others.

I have no answers for this phenomenon, I simply bring it up so that my readers can consider- “how do you want to spend the precious allotment of time that has been given to you?”

Prayer: Father, time is such a gift. Help us to use it wisely, and to have the refreshment that you would want for us, Amen.

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