“Brothers, I do not consider myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14, Legacy Standard Bible®

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Normal

Getting back into this routine of writing and trying to find the time, as well as continuously searching for new topics and new content to write about.

I was reading this morning about how so many of us complain about our normal day to day routines sometimes. We complain about the monotony of getting up and completing the same tasks each and every day. How soon we have forgotten the lessons taught us over the past few years.

It wasn’t that long ago that each and every one of us went through a lengthy period of time that completely threw our routine off-track. Dare I mention COVID-19? I know, I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about the pandemic that changed the world for a period of time, but let’s think about how our lives were before then, during, and now. Everything was completely normal prior to 2020. I don’t know of anyone in my life that went through something like that. Regardless of what your opinions are on the pandemic, your life was without a doubt altered during it. Even people who were dead set on not wearing a mask, had to at some point during the pandemic. Sure, maybe you did or didn’t get the vaccine and boosters, but it was impossible to live life outside your home and not have your routine altered in some fashion. It was inescapable.

I kind of laugh when I think about some of the things we endured or experienced during the pandemic. Things like the plexiglass in stores at the registers, the arrows going down the aisles, the limitations that some states placed on how many people could gather at your home during the holidays, things like “social distancing,” wearing a mask and then being told that particular style is no longer acceptable and we must wear a paper one, and so on. We put up with a lot during that short time. Some of it made sense, while some of it was absolutely absurd. Sadly, many of you most likely lost some close friends or family members; either from COVID or your opinion about it.

But here we are. At least here in New York State, there is no longer the requirement to wear a mask inside a medical facility. Things are returning to normal. Travel on a plane, train, or boat has returned to normal, the plexiglass shields in stores are gone, we can once again walk down the grocery store aisle in whatever direction we please, we can gather for church or worship instead of watching it at home, and we aren’t afraid to have people at our house. I even got a notification the other day on my smartphone that told me NYS is no longer tracking locations to determine if people were in close proximity to those with COVID. We are returning to normal.

Shouldn’t we embrace “normal”? Isn’t it a good thing that life is returning to how it was before everything got turned upside down? Shouldn’t we be thankful for the experience and lessons that COVID taught us as about who we are individually, as a population, and about humanity? Why, in just a short time post-COVID, are we once again looking at a normal day as something negative or boring? I’ll gladly take the most boring and uneventful day over one that we experienced just a few short years ago!

I want to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment below! Thank you for reading and your support.

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