It’s been almost a month since the government imposed a mandatory community quarantine to fight this dreaded disease called coronavirus. And then, this week, an announcement was made that felt like we’re doomed: the lockdown was extended to the end of the month! No, we’re not doomed, but we will have to stay put for a little more time so we will not contribute to the government’s “sakit ng ulo”.
But what can we do while we wait for the lifting of the quarantine? Although I don’t really staying at home for days on end, it’s the kids that I find needed help. Still, this situation provided us a way to do things together as a family.
Doing household chores together. Since the house helpers are not able to come do their work, my wife, Joy, met the kids and assigned to them household chores like doing the laundry, cleaning the house and the backyard, helping in the kitchen. They do help around the house, they just have to do this more often since the helpers cannot return to their work until this crisis is over.
Pray together. If you’ve not been doing this for some time, or not at all, this is the best time to start gathering your family together for prayer. And don’t just pray for your needs. Even more, pray for those who are sick with coronavirus, and those who are busy doing the dirty work for all of us. Yes, it is high time we (re)build those family altars.
Learn God’s Word together. We decided to take things one notch higher. I looked for a devotional book, that we can read and talk about every night. This helped the kids have more time away from their gadgets and look into the Word. And then we pray together.
Sing and worship together. As much as we can, we try to turn gadgets from vices to instruments of praise. A subscription in Spotify gives us unlimited access to old and new songs. And since they are part of the worship team in the church, I encouraged them to spend time singing and worshiping the Lord. (You should find some of their videos streamed live on Facebook.)
Learn new things. When all the house works are done and there’s still plenty of spare time, you can look for new things to learn. I encourage my kids to find new things to learn and discover, like a new language or a new skill. My youngest, William, is now back into his interest in coding (computer language). Another one is discovering her interest in sign language.
Evangelize via social media. I also encouraged my family to get active in social media evangelism. This is the perfect time to get in touch with long friends from the old days and testify about your relationship and the gospel. This one, though, requires discipline because we are prone to browse and swipe at every funny and entertaining video we encounter.
Lose that weight. I often find it hard to make time for physical fitness. Since the quarantine started, I try to burn calories in the morning or in the afternoon. My body may never return to a small size, but I still would like to be able to walk and move a few thousand more miles going places to serve God and people.
There is really a lot we can do during this lockdown. And maybe, God allowed the crisis to come to this point so that we can have more time at home, with our family, and especially with God. After all, judgment begins in the house of God.
How about you? What keeps you and the kids busy during this lockdown? Share mo naman!