Has your life changed since March 15th? If you are like me, you’ve found yourself aligning your daily life with a new kind of normal. We had to explain to our kids why they can’t go back to school or see their friends. We have seen major life events be cancelled or postponed. Over 29 million people are looking for a new job, while others have begun working from home.

However, one thing is certain: life is different in some way now for all of us.

Human nature is for us to do our best to resist what is different, even if it has the potential to change us for the good. Some of life’s greatest discoveries are made when life becomes unsettled. With everything that has become different in your life over the last month and a half, what have you discovered? My wife and I agree that it’s been a blessing to slow down and have more time together at home.

Different is good. It reminds us quickly of the blessings we easily take for granted. It’s good because it can push us to make a life-altering change we wouldn’t have done on our own. Maybe a worldwide pandemic will save some of us from ourselves and the unsustainable lifestyle we were living.

My quarantine routine has revealed three truths I need to take into my new normal:

1. Staying home doesn’t mean missing out.
2. People make the memories precious.
3. There is always a time to learn and a time to grow.

What has your quarantine routine taught you?

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18