We just finished up the 75th Issue of the PCC Scroll! It’s a double issue, and I am so excited. I’ve published the articles I wrote for the latest issue except my intro :).
Over the last issues of the PCC Scroll, we have come from the overarching theme of “Anchored.” Two issues ago, we came from the subtheme of “Getting your house together.” In this issue, we are coming from the topic of “Maintaining healthy habits.”
The first half of 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride. The events, one on top of another, that have happened illustrate the importance of being firmly anchored in God. This year, we have seen crop-threatening locusts in east Africa, fires in Australia, the military downing of a commercial airplane, the impeachment of an American president, floods, earthquakes and volcano eruptions around the globe and that is just scratching the surface. Most recently, we are in the midst of a pandemic and social unrest. This list is not meant to invoke doom and gloom. It’s just an observation that we have experienced many years’ worth of incidents in a matter of months and have not been able to catch our breath.
COVID-19 rocked the world, bringing sickness, death, record job loss, loss of businesses and market drops. People have been impacted in different ways. There was a piece I saw on Facebook that resonated. It says, with COVID-19, even though we are in the same storm, we are on different boats. Some have contracted the illness, and it led to hospitalization or death. Some have contracted the illness and showed no symptoms and may never know they had it. 10s of millions have lost their jobs, been furloughed or have had their pay cut. For some, this also equated to the loss of health insurance. Some can work from home and have been for months, while some are required to go to their workplace. Parents with school-aged children were having to balance work and helping their children with school. Many businesses were forced to close, and some, unfortunately, will not weather the storm and reopen.
Our country has also faced civil unrest as people around the country and world protest ongoing police brutality in America, particularly toward the black community. Emotions are heightened and some have become more entrenched in their own corner as years of racial tension continues to explode.
In my own corner of the world, there are many areas in which I feel my house is in order, and I am maintaining healthy habits. But, sometimes, things come that rock our boats and challenge us. Recently, I had a health scare that shook me to my core. This led to a series of tests. Thank God the results have been good, overall. In the end, health concerns I’ve had have been addressed and have given me base results for the future.
In line with this issue, I am focusing on things I can do to maintain healthy habits, particularly toward my health. Those habits include walking, reducing stress, following doctors’ orders and watching what I eat. The ironic thing is that at the beginning of the year, I talked about the importance of getting my health together, physically and emotionally. I just didn’t think I would get special motivation to do so. Please keep me in your prayers as I focus on getting my health in order.
One healthy habit I hope we all find is seeking what gives us joy. I have turned toward writing and blogging. For others, it could be cooking, knitting or baking. For others it could be outside activities like hiking and walking. Whatever your release, embrace it.
2020 has been a year that is extremely volatile, and it feels like we are in a never-ending storm. As we continue the rollercoaster ride that is 2020, be sure you are firmly anchored in the Lord. Meditate on the scriptures, and commune with God in prayer.