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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Thought for the Week - Jacquie Peal.
There was an article recently about a high-end shoe firm, famous for its 4-inch heels (ouch!), that has turned it's attention to trainers and flat shoes: who wants high heels when there is no one to notice! Perhaps those who have stopped buying and wearing them will realise how much more comfortable flatter shoes are!?
Talking on a video-call with my daughter in law, who runs a small on-line business, I complimented her on how smart she was looking: she then handed the phone to my son, who showed me that her lower half was clad in pyjama trousers and big fluffy slippers - no one needed to see her lower half!
In some ways, our standards are changing during lockdown; we don't NEED to dress up when there is no one to see us. That is fine, up to a point, but I believe that it is important that we don't let our standards drop. Whatever our morning routine was - getting up, showering, putting on after-shave or make-up or whatever we did before lockdown, we should be making sure that we do it now. However clean our homes were before lockdown, they should still be as clean and tidy for us alone as they would have been for possible visitors. Whatever our daily routine - exercise, reading, studying, housework, needlework, gardening, woodworking..... we should still be keeping to it. One day, when John was a Curate in Portsmouth our Vicar's wife went to see a very elderly lady who live completely on her own, as she had been missing from church for some time. Rosalie found that the lady was not at all well and called the doctor. While waiting for the doctor to come, Rosalie offered to make a cup of tea and going to the cupboard found that everything was immaculately clean and tidy, as was the rest of the house. This delightful lady, living on her own and feeling very unwell for weeks had still managed to keep her standards up, including keeping herself and her home clean and neat, despite the huge effort involved.
It is very easy to slip into sloppiness but that is the route to feeling depressed and miserable. If we want to come out of this horrendous period with our chins up, feeling proud of ourselves for having coped well then we do need to make the effort to cope with whatever we have to face and that includes keeping our standards up.
Above all things, we need to keep our faith alive. The world is changing but God's love for us isn't. It may be hard to be a Christian in lockdown but Christians have had to endure far worse. We must keep up our prayer and study routine, attend the "zoom" services if we are able and keep in touch with other church members.
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