YOU matter. (out of work or school? Why you still count during this pandemic)

// God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. // 1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬

Guilt + Thankfulness.

Weird combination of emotions, right? These are the two emotions that have set the tone for most of my quarantine experience. I know so many of us are experiencing a WAVE of emotions right now…from anxiety, grief, confusion, loneliness, numbness and the list goes on. All of these emotions I listed are very uncomfortable. They are unpleasant and I know a lot of us would rather push them away.

But I’m learning that while in this time in quarantine, God doesn’t want me to push back or down play any of these emotions.

{ as uncomfortable as it may sound, this is the time to get close to your emotions. not to wallow in them, but to find healing from them. } 💛

So when I started feeling these emotions of guilt, I wanted to push them away. I felt guilty because in these times, I felt very limited in ways I felt like I could truly make a difference with all the people hurting around me. Many of us are out of work + school and forced to stay in our homes. I definitely want to be obedient in this order because staying home saves lives within itself. 🏡

And THAT right there is when I begin to realize…

God has given me + you a purpose. I feel like many times when purpose is talked about it can seem like a big, grandiose thing. While yes, our purpose is a BIG DEAL, it can seem out of reach or sometimes it seems only valid when there’s validation + applause behind it👏🏾. But my friend, I’m here to tell you that is not the case.

{ purpose (noun): the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. }

The fact that you have purpose never changes but it can LOOK different when the season changes. Your purpose is not determined by what you DO, but in who you ARE. You ARE created by God and God is love. His desire is to show that love to others and He LOVES to use US to do just that!

// you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. // 1 Peter 2:9

You may not be an “essential worker” in these times. Anddd I’m honestly sooooo incredibly thankful for everyone on the frontlines. I can’t wrap my head around what they are really going through right now. My older sister works in the hospital and I’m constantly praying for her health + mental state in this crisis. But you are an essential worker to God! You are essential to the people around you! You are essential to the Kingdom!! God started to remind me that the little things we do are ESSENTIAL.

– stewarding your hidden gifts! God has pressed this one on me HEAVY. While I was feeling guilty about not being an essential worker, God has to remind me that my gift is essential especially right now. Me writing is my contribution to help at least one person to see God’s love during this time. We all have different gifts and we can’t be envious of someone else’s or how it looks like. So yes, in this blog I’m preaching to myself 😅#transparency. So many people are using their gift of sewing to make homemade masks. Others people are posting videos of their beautiful voices singing uplifting songs. You have SOMETHING to give to others in this time.

checking on that friend you haven’t talked to in years means so much now.

smiling at the stranger beside you at the grocery store (you can smile with your eyes, don’t let that mask hold you back!😉😷)

encouraging others! this is such an amazing time to build others up and even be transparent about what you are feeling. Transparency brings healing and that within itself is encouraging.

building closer relationships with those you’re quarantine with. We are spending time with our love ones more then ever now! While this may be uncomfortable to some, your presence in their life matters and we will forever remember this time. Forgive quickly + love with abandon. They will never forget the way you treated them during this serious time.

staying home! we all are giving up our temporary, everyday comforts now. But there’s a lot to be said for you who are sacrificing your usual routines to protect our communities + nation from farther spread. It means more then it may look like right now or feel.

// don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. // Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬

We need you so much. It’s so easy and tempting to be really isolated in this time. While we have to isolate physically to protect our bodies, don’t isolate yourself to how God wants to use you in this time. This is WHY after all the guilt cleared away, thankfulness started to rise in my heart. Thankful that circumstances never determine my purpose and God always has an opportunity. Thankful that we all matter so much to Him.

{ you matter because other people matter just as much. } 👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏾💖

God’s heart is so big for people. And YOU matter so much to others. NOTHING you do for another is unimportant. A phone call or a blog. A smile or a homemade mask. It matters. YOU MATTER. ⭐️❤️

// if you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? // Esther‬ ‭4:14‬

much love + peace,

regina 💜