So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honorably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes.Ephesians 5:15-16 (TPT)
It has been five weeks since the lockdown started in Norway. There has been some inconsistencies with my effectiveness from working from home. During many discussions I have with my friends, they have the same sentiments. Well, we have found excuses to ignore certain responsibilities and as such have not been effective.
I must admit that some of these excuses are legitimate. With taking care of kids, homeschooling them, extra work we find for ourselves amongst many others, the 24 hours are quite shorter than expected.
As I woke up this afternoon after taking long hours of excused sleep, a question dawned on me which I want to share with us. What is your excuse? It got me thinking for a while and I decided to share a few things with us.
Thinking critically about what I have made out of myself in the past weeks, I realised that what I have made out of the lockdown was a result of my perspective I had for the lockdown. I’m not trying to prove that I am better than anyone. However, I realised that I saw the lockdown as an escape from a busy life rather than seeing it as an opportunity to develop myself and get better at some other things in my life.
With a normal life without lockdown, the schedules are always booked. It becomes difficult to turn down appointment and have enough spare time for yourself. However, with the lockdown came a lot of free time on my hands. Your guess is as right as mine with what I did with all that time. Movies after movies and series after series.
Like most students, we have had to adapt to the new teaching methods. For those of us who love virtual teaching and learn a lot from youtube videos and other e-learning platforms, this period has been a great benefit to us. With this teaching method now saves us some few minutes from transmutting to the campus and back. What a great relief that is when you do not have to rush for a bus. However, there still remains some of us who would also love the physical classroom experience. Some courses that have laboratory work that would require certain apparatus and other logistics to carry them out. We can’t take that experience away from them.
In whatever category you may be in, you can still produce reasons for your inefficiency. However, ask yourself if things could have been better than they are now if you would have done some things differently.
I have written this piece not to show in anyway that I am perfect. I have also faced these issues that I share with you presently. However, I have come to admit that I cannot blame my inefficiencies to the current situations. What I have made of my time can only be linked to my perspective of the the lockdown.
I want to end today’s blog with this quote from John Maxwell. It reads:
If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?Maxwell, John C. Failing forward. Harper Collins, 2007.
God bless you and remain a blessing. May you enjoy the favor of the Lord in this season.
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