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Checklists - A New Normal

October 30, 2020
By Dr. P. Ogborne

⌧Checklists - A new normal

Can we dine-in or take-out?  What can we bring or not bring?  Do we need to login and answer some questions before we go? 

As a school, we implemented the Covid-19 Checklist protocol as part of our safe return policy. Faithfully, most of you have filled it out every morning, making us aware of the current physical health of your child. Some of you are still working out the kinks to get it done every day. As this list has changed and updated, it is interesting to see how the Government’s checklist works. When you fill out their self assessment form it will respond with either; you may go to work / school or you need to stay home or go see a medical professional. Your health monitoring has been taken care of.

Have you ever thought of making your own checklist not about your physical well-being but about your spiritual health?

 “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1Timothy 4:8

The Bible is full of godly instruction as we grow in our relationship with our Lord. This is not about salvation but the sanctification of our lives as we wait for our eternal home.

So what should be on our checklist? When should we complete it?

Mine would be completed just before bedtime. It would be based on the summation of Christ when he was asked what was the greatest commandment;

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:37-39

Three check boxes

⌧ Did I set my heart on pleasing God and putting him first in my thoughts and actions today? Was I loving in my actions and attitudes towards God? If not, I need to repent.

⌧ Were my actions and attitudes encouraging and uplifting to those around me today? If not, I need to repent.

⌧ Did I remember that Jesus loves me, and my heavenly Father has forgiven me for all my sins today? If so then I need to rejoice in his abundant grace towards me. 

Once completed, I can rest in the knowledge that I am prepared for tomorrow, whatever it may bring.

Be Blessed, be safe