But at the end of it all, what will we have to show for it? (besides the extra fat around our bellies) Hopefully, we can say that we got closer to our families, and we'll already miss them when we're back at work. Hopefully, we can say that we got our rest and we won't need another vacation for quite some time. Hopefully, some of us gained a new skill, discovered a talent in cooking, or singing, or writing witty comments on social media.
What about spiritually? Yes, I'm very encouraged that many of you are joining us in worship online, unafraid of this technology we've had at our church for years. We read the Bible a little bit more, I hope. But did you master a particular portion of it? maybe memorize a psalm? It's hard to exercise your faith when you're just sitting at home (much less exercise your body).
May I suggest a way to be active in faith? and when you get out of quarantine and look back, you'll see more than a little spiritual muscle. Prayer. Can you spend an hour each day in prayer (uninterrupted if possible)? If you really want to grow, make a prayer journal so you can keep track of which prayers get answered.
To help you with this spiritual growth process, I will be preaching on prayer for at least the next 4 weeks. But the best way to learn prayer is to do prayer.