But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
As I have told a number of people, I am hesitant to say anything particularly positive about this horrific period of time, because so many have suffered physically, mentally, and spirituality. The illness, death, and economic pain of this pandemic is too horrific to take lightly. Yet, I am hearing stories of courage and blessing amidst the struggle. There are stories of people whose lives have slowed down a little, working from home, and getting off the ever-faster treadmill we’ve called life. After there is a vaccine and we regain some normalcy, I hope we remember some of the positive lessons learned in this challenging time.
Jillian Kramer, in her article, “How covid-19 is changing the way mothers’ parent their daughters,” offers an example of lessons to be remembered. A woman named Alice Anderson, from Cheektowaga, N.Y., shares, “While ‘raising kind children has always been a focus of mine,’…it has been even more front-of-mind during the pandemic.” She said, amidst the “division and hate going on right now, …we each have to do our part to make things better.” Having more time with one’s children provides new teachable moments.
Jillian Kramer interviewed a number of mothers, and their thoughts were similar. “Several mothers interviewed for this article said they’re more aware than ever that raising compassionate kids is important in the current climate.” Kramer kept finding that these mothers were changing their understanding of success. Until COVID-19, many parents raised their successful children to be competitive enough to be more financially successful than others. But now, “kindness and compassion over competition, and empathy for those who may be struggling.” Many mothers and fathers are beginning to affirm anew, that their definitions of success are transforming.
Today, think about the definition of success you were raised with in your home. Then, ask yourself what a Biblical understanding of success might be in today’s world. Finally, prayerfully ask God to transform your life to fit your Biblical understanding of success. Like many of the mothers Jillian Kramer interviewed in her article, may we use this unique time to provide our children, grandchildren, family, and friends an example of success with Christ-like compassion and love.