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  • Deja Nycole

The Social Distance

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has forced the United States into a national quarantine. Jobs are firing their employees, schools are switching to news modes of learning, hundreds of thousands of people are testing positive for this virus, and the government is instructing us all to practice social distancing for a minimum of two weeks.

Life as we know it is changing, with no date of relief. Many people are at home, stuck with family for weeks on end. Students were not prepared to have their final “good-byes” of the semester, especially the class of 2020. Despite sudden closings of schools and businesses, doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, and health professionals are working overtime, away from their families, to ensure the healthy recovery of patients, as well as finding a cure to this virus.

We are encouraged to practice social distancing when in reality, we already incorporate these practices in our daily routines. We spend more time on social media than in person encounters, without technological distractions. Social distancing has only increased our awareness of our physical distance from each other, however, has done nothing in its effort to acknowledge the social distance of our society.

God is telling us to be still and mend relationships in this season. While you are at home, quarantined and being good stewards over your businesses and hobbies, we are neglecting the essential well-being of our families.

Your F.A.M.I.L.Y. is the foundation that answers the multiple internal layers of you.

We must stop running away from the issues our family has and address them. You were not meant to spend life in solitary confinement. We were put on this earth not for ourselves. We are dependent on each other.

God tells us in Proverbs 18:24 (NLT) “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”

We are human, we will disagree with each other, but we must not live with fear and animosity in our hearts. Forgive yourself. Now that you have the time to be still and reflect in this quarantine, forgive yourself for the behaviors you allowed in the past and forgive others for how they treated you. It’s not for them, forgiveness is for you.

Family is what you were biologically born into. Family is also who you choose. In Genesis 4, we are introduced to Cain and Abel, two brothers, sons of Adam and Eve. Long story short, Cain becomes jealous of Abel and kills him.

We cannot choose our biological family.

In John 19:25, before Jesus is crucified, Jesus told his mother “Dear woman, here is your son.” And to one of His disciples, “Here is your mother.” Family is more than a biological connection. It is about loyalty, trust, and position during times of adversity.

We choose our friends, who become family.

Life is too short, you cannot function in this life alone. God said it himself, in Genesis 2:18a, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’.” We need each other. We each need help. Where I fall short, someone else has my solution.

During this uncomfortable hour of quarantine, take time to heal and mend the essential relationships in your life. The two most important relationships in your life is a relationship with (1) God, and a relationship with (2) self.

F.A.M.I.L.Y. is the next relationship you should tackle/address. It is the Foundation that Answers the Multiple Internal Layers of You. You must address the shortcomings of your family’s history to understand why you are the way you are. You can stop the generational curses. The generational curses on your family stops with you. Take the first step in making it work. This quarantine is time for you to steward well over your relationships.

You must be equally yoked in order to have healthy relationships (II Corinthians 6:14). Where two or more are gathered in His Name (Matthew 18:20), He is among them. Reassure one another, support, love on, bless, and encourage another.

Relationships are essential to the soul. Be a blessing and encourage a healing atmosphere in your community and watch the fruits of your labor.

Come out of this quarantine with both a strong wifi and social connection.

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