We are living in a chaotic world. Last week eight victims from the Asian American Pacific Islander community were killed horrifically in Atlanta as the AAPI community continues to deal with an increase in anti-Asian hate and discrimination. This week ten victims ranging from the ages of 20 to 65 years old were killed at a grocery store in Colorado.
These incidents remind us of the ongoing violence that plagues our society as we continue to grapple with the pandemic. The increase in violence in urban cities, juggling school and work from our homes, and the uncertainty that many of us still face as we wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccines is taking a toll on our ability to see a light at the end of the tunnel. In times like these, it’s important to not live in fear and to remain grounded in our beliefs. Below are a few ways we can all live amid a chaotic world:
- Be vigilant about your faith. In times of uncertainty, we are left with questions. We may find ourselves questioning our faith and what the future holds. Take this time to grow closer to God through prayer and the word. Remember that he is always with you, do not walk in fear.
The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will rejoice over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. -Zephaniah 3:17
- Find your peace. Have you ever walked home into a mess after a long day of work and thought, ‘I can’t deal with this.’ Find peace amid your chaos. Take deep breathes, walk away for a few minutes if you can, and remember that this too shall pass.
And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. -Isaiah 32:17
- Check-in with your spirit. When you have a feeling that things are not settled take a step back from the situation. Stay indoors with your family if you think there will be rioting or find a way to support social justice work in ways that will keep you safe. Trust your instincts and pray about it.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, – Romans 8:6
- Stay connected. Create a support system that covers you in uncertain times. Find those that will check-in on you in the same way that you will check-in on them. Have regular chats or phone calls to check on each other and remember that building community takes time and effort from both sides.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15
These last few weeks have been difficult for so many of us. How are you taking care of yourself and living through the chaos? Share in the comments below.