Chances are you’ve recently had more free time. I have. That’s one of the blessings of this pandemic. We all have less going on, and therefore have more time to spend elsewhere. How are you using that free time?
According to one study, many Americans are using it in a less-than-ideal way. The study found that “the average person is streaming eight hours of content each day” (LA Times, “Coronavirus Viewing”). The average American is spending most of their day watching movies/shows. Wow! How unproductive is that?!
Paul’s instruction in Eph 5:16 is fitting. He instructs us to make “the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” These days are evil. The devil is at work (Eph 2:2). He uses this virus to cause panic, distress, misery, and death. People, too, engage in all manners of wickedness. They turn to sin for comfort, hope, and peace.
Christians need to be different. Rather than persistently reaching for our iPhones or passing the day on Netflix, Christians can do many things to take advantage of this opportunity. These are just some examples. Read God’s word. Pray with your family. Focus on your spouse. Ask him/her a meaningful question. Bake cookies with your kids. Go for a prayer walk. Read a Christian biography. Talk to your neighbors.
Whatever you do, dear friend, don’t waste this opportunity. Seize it for the glory of God.