April 2, 2020 | By neighborhoodev

The Work Doesn’t Stop

These are weird times to say the least, a few weeks ago I was playing tag in the neighborhood with the kids, having fun, and laughing. Now, here we are I’m sitting in my apartment for the umpteenth day in a row longing for those days of tag and laughter. Even though things aren’t the way they used to be, there is still hope in the midst of all this chaos.

It’s easy for us to forget our mission during times like these. We get caught up in the woe is me narrative, and only focus on our “struggle”. But if we are truly living our life on mission, every day, every place, regardless of the setting the work doesn’t stop. Just because our circumstances have changed doesn’t mean that the need has gone away.

If our impact on the community is solely dependent upon what people SEE us doing then we will never have a real impact. Our mission goes beyond the confines of the neighborhoods, the lines on the court or the walls of the office. It continues in times like these; checking in with those we serve, and meeting needs as best we can. God did not call us to be on mission as long as the office was open, but instead we are to be on mission regardless of the circumstances. Paul said in Corinthians, “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” In all circumstances, to all people, in all times we are to be a servant.

Hope comes in continuing to work during these times, so that when this is over we are not starting back at square one but we are 3 squares ahead. We as a collective can use this time to focus on our mission, I mean what else do we have to do? Take hope in knowing that God put us here in this place, in this situation for a reason. Why not take advantage of this time to further the kingdom and to continue to impact lives. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12.

P.S.: If you know someone in the medical field, or someone who is considered essential personnel please let them know how much you appreciate them.