I woke up this morning and read one of the daily blogs that show up regularly in my inbox. This one was from Seth Godin, and was titled “A situation vs a slog.”
In that blog, he went on to talk about the difference between finding yourself in a “situation” that you just need to hunker down and wait out versus a “slog” that lasts much longer and demands that you do something with it.
Clearly, we are in a slog right now.
And, now is not the time to just “wait it out” until things are back to normal.
To quote Seth’s blog…
“During a slog, we have a chance to accept a new normal, even if it’s temporary, and to figure out how to make something of it. You don’t have to wish for it, but it’s here. There’s very little value in spending our time nostalgic for normal. When we get to the other side of the slog and look back, what will we have contributed, learned, and created?”
This is the question that we should be asking ourselves every day.
How are you making the most of these unusual days that you’ve been given? This is a time of unprecedented opportunity to contribute and learn and create in ways that none of us have experienced before.
So, let’s make the most of this slog together.
Perhaps if we all do that, the world could be a better place when we’re on the other side of it.
Jason Matthews is a youth pastor in Washington State, where he’s been serving students for over 20 years. When he doesn’t have to be in the office, he loves to be outside with his family, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. He also loves to network with other youth workers.