Crazy…Unprecedented…Historical…Extraordinary… Now there’s a “first“ worth investing in!

Crazy…Unprecedented…Historical…Extraordinary… Now there’s a “first“ worth investing in!

These are just a few of the words used to describe what has taken place, not just nationally, but globally, since the pandemic began in late February/early March.

As September is upon us, I want take a moment and reflect on, what has been a year filled with “firsts” in my family.

First global pandemic in my lifetime

First Easter spent at home and not in a church building

First time going to the grocery store and seeing the toilet paper and paper towel shelves completely empty

  • First time closing our church building and moving all of our church services online
  • First time making homemade bread, pretzels, cinnamon rolls, etc.
  • First time scheduling our evening around Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
  • First time without March Madness
  • First time having to wear a face-covering in order to shop
  • First time experiencing distance learning for my kids
  • First child to not have an in-person graduation ceremony

These are just a few of the “firsts” that have impacted my family over the last 6 months.

What about you? What “firsts” have you experienced in your own life or family? What new traditions have been birthed from the “new normal”? Take a moment and make your own “Firsts” list.

One “first” that I left off my list was a forced sabbatical. With the onset of stay-at-home orders and the closing of our church building, suddenly my days and weeks went from being overcommitted, out of balance and too intense, to days filled with self-reflection, prayer, reading the Bible, walks with my wife and asking God how he wants me to live and love differently in this new world.

For many of us, the last few months have been hard, as our worlds have been turned upside-down and inside-out. What was once our normal daily and weekly schedule has been completely blown-up.

For those of us who are super-achievers, workaholics, or who simply find ourselves overwhelmed by the daily changes and new rules, let me leave you with some closing thoughts. In this “new normal” that we find ourselves living-in, where we might be working from home or looking for a job, helping our kids navigate distance learning, trying our best to keep everyone fed and clothed, all while trying to find time for ourselves, feel the freedom to relax. Say “no” to people to whom you used to say “yes”, you’ll feel twinges of guilt. Ignore it! Most folks won’t understand your new pace or the way you have had to reprioritize your world. Stick to your guns. By taking away from and not adding to your already busy life, you will soon turn a corner and be well on the road to a happier, healthier, freer, more fulfilling and a God-honoring life! Now there’s a “first” worth investing in!

Doug Boyd is senior pastor for Parkside Fellowship located at 5755 SW Erickson Ave in Beaverton. Call (503) 646-4455 or find out more by visiting

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