Living with deeper intention in a post-pandemic world

This article focuses on post-pandemic life shifts and living with deeper intentions and purpose.

What does life look like post-pandemic?

It’s been almost three years since our world shifted in profound ways. As a global community, we continue to grapple with seasons of change, grief, and loss. The fragility of life has never felt more real. Most of us have been touched by the loss of someone- a loved one, a friend, a colleague, or a friend. It’s compelled us to pause, evaluate and re-group. It’s challenged us to shed the parts of ourselves that no longer align. We strive to live with deeper meaning and with purpose.

Have you felt this nudge?

Dealing with grief and the fleeting nature of life

This week was particularly hard as I battled the stifling grip of grief. I found solace in a reminder by theologian, J.I. Packer, that this world is only our temporary dwelling.

James 4:14 (ESV) describes us as a mist that appears for a little while, and then, vanishes. Other scriptures refer to us as flowers that wither; drifts of smoke, wind. Yet others refer to us as spilt water that cannot be gathered up again. Psalm 102:11 says that our days are like an evening shadow.

These quotes are stark reminders of the fleeting nature of time in this world. Does it make you more intentional about how you spend your time? Particularly now, in midlife, when you’ve spent about half of your life.

How we spend our days in this world, matters deeply. In fact, the significance of time particularly in midlife was the inspiration behind this blog’s name, the Midlife Hours.

Ephesians 5:15-17 cautions us to look carefully at how we walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of time because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Book Recommendations for living more intentionally after the global pandemic

During the pandemic, I was working on a series of articles for the blog, which focuses on purposeful living. Three books crossed my path during the research. To read the full reviews, refer to the Book Reviews page on this site.

X—Multiply Your God-Given Potential—John Bevere

In this book, John Bevere unravels Jesus’s parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14. He offers fresh insight into God’s expectations and outcomes for stewards of the gifts entrusted to each of us.

The Purpose-Driven Life—Rick Warren

In this book, Rick Warren outlines God’s five purposes that we need to align with our God-given purpose.  Click here for a brief introduction to this book.

Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest—Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates

In this faith-based book, the authors unpack the journey of Empty Nesters aligned with God’s purposes for this life season. The work included the quote by J.I. Packer shared in the image above:

Christianity sees each person as designed for a life beyond this life- an endless life which for those who know God will be far richer and more joyous than our present life can be, and for which life in this world was always meant to be a preparation. We were never intended to treat this world as home or live in it as if we would be here forever.”

How do you live a meaningful life?

  • Practice mindful self-care.
  • Deepen your spiritual growth through regular quiet time.
  • Spend your time wisely.
  • Establish clear relational boundaries to cultivate healthier relationships.
  • Harness your spiritual gifts, natural abilities, passions, and skills to serve the world and particularly those around you.
But continually encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamour, and sophistication]. 
— Hebrews 3:13

May we heed this scripture and let the reminder of J.I. Packer encourage us to journey on with greater intention in our midlife hours.

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