At this moment, more and more locations are moving to a “stay at home” order. If you are a non-essential business or have no good reason to be out, then stay home. I know for some, this sounds like a type of punishment.
This one thought led me back to the Apostle Paul. Four of the books in our New Testament are called “The Prison Epistles.” That means they were letters written by him while he was under house arrest in the city of Rome. Our letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon were all penned while Paul was forced to live in a house as a prisoner.
When I think of the Apostle Paul, I think of him as a writer, and the reality is that he was a preacher, and when he was unable to preach, he wrote. His ministry knew no limits. He had an enormous influence on the whole of the Christian faith even when he was unable to travel and speak.
Obviously, you are not an inspired Apostle, but the lesson is still the same. Your life can have a significant influence in whatever circumstances you find yourself if only you think creatively. Use the gifts you have for the glory of God. Take your extra time and use it in his service. Do things that will make an impact for eternity when you are facing boredom and loneliness.
This can take many forms. You can write cards to senior citizens. One lady I know is having her children make cards and write in them as a homeschool project, and then they are sending them to the elderly in their Church. You can send texts to check on people. You can take your phone and set aside some time each day to call people. There are unlimited possibilities.
We can take this time at home to learn and grow personally. We can take this time to connect as a family. Both of those are wonderful things. We can also take this time to show the world the love of Jesus in a very practical way. You are only limited by your imagination.