Returning to a Better Normal:
Four Steps to a Better Normal, by AChuckAllen
I am constantly baffled at the simplicity that we continue to find new ways to make complicated. Somehow, as most American’s lives should have gotten more simplistic, we Americans have ramped up the rhetoric. That rhetoric isn’t confined to the political world, but in our everyday lives.
But since I mentioned politics, let’s tackle that one first. What the heck? We are in a media skirmish about who should have done what, when? The best questions we can ask, not only President Trump, but of the extremely bright Doctor’s Birx and Fauci? Seriously?
Our great nation has become a festering pile of gotcha and you should’ve! I try to watch the pressers, but honestly, both the press and the President make it intolerable. Can we not look through the windshield and only use the rearview mirror as a reminder of what’s we have learned?
And there is the gotcha and Monday morning quarterbacking of municipalities, school districts, business owners and even churches…Come on man!
I realize that we need to “open the country soon.” I completely realize that people need to get back to work. The degree of human blight is palpable. But can we not agree, across aisles and across denominations that we must open and we must open with wisdom from on high! To open the flood gates and just flip the switch is reckless. To remain in an elongated quarantine is pointless. To shrug your shoulders and just say, “whatever,” is foolish.
Let’s take a four phase approach – and by the way, I do agree with the President in his federal phased approach. I however, do disagree with the petty argument about who has supreme powers. This is when the Bill Belichick leadership model should be inserted – “Just Do Your Job!”
Here is what I believe to be the best approach to phasing America back into a healthy economy and back into a healthy social society. Let’s not settle for returning to where we were. Let us all strive for a far better normal.
1. PRAY! Seek wisdom from on high. Don’t just pray for our President and Governor, but wisdom for you, straight from the Divine! James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
2. Set a plan for you and your family. Have a come to the table meeting with a solid conviction that is best for you AND for those around you. I realize that we should listen to our leaders and experts, but we should all make wise choices that protect our soul, body, and mind. Proverbs 18:15 “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
3. Get back to work within the first two weeks of May. Keep your distancing and you hygiene at max readiness. Support businesses that need us all to support them, but make individual choices and keep your focus on all that is good and positive. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
4. Trust the Lord and Use Your Brain. If you’ve noticed, each of these four include some degree of wisdom. Wisdom for our leaders, our family and our business/jobs. Take the lessons learned in a unique time of shutdown and set a course toward the future that is better normal. Do not settle for returning to the normal that we dropped off in the waiting room, last February. Strive for a better you, a better family, a better community, a better church, and a better America! 1 John 4:16 “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
Go in Peace,