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EP. 65 How is COVID-19 Affecting Millennials?


To View the Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/k2Da3uOxZVU


SHOW NOTES


Hi friends, and welcome to another week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week we have a very special guest, Tim and Kimberly’s daughter Shara Haus. If you’ve been tuning in for over a year now, you might remember last January when Shara appeared on the podcast talking about blended families from the child's perspective. If you are interested in checking it out, it was episode number eighteen. Today though, Shara is on to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting the millennial generation from her perspective. You can watch the video on YouTube, listen to the audio on your favorite podcasting app, or simply click the play button above to listen.


Before the Coronavirus hit the United States, Shara was living in Orange County and working two jobs that she loved. She was living by herself, getting more and more familiar with her new community, and really building a life she loved. When everything came crashing down, Shara wanted to believe that it would quickly pass but very quickly reality hit and she lost one of her jobs and her income was cut in half. Suddenly she was alone in a relatively new area confined to her home because of the stay-at-home order. She decided to pack her bags and move back in with her parents temporarily so she wouldn’t be alone for the unforeseeable future. Now she is in a season of wondering what her life will look like in the future. She wonders if she will get her job back, and if so how long will it be until that happens? Will she lose her job indefinitely and have to look for another way to support her life in Orange County? Shara says, “It feels like we are in a season of the unknown, and it’s easy to feel so much fear and anxiety when thinking about what is next.”


Tim asks Shara if there is anything she has learned about herself in this time of quarantine. Shara replies, “If there is one thing I have learned more than anything in this season of the unknown, it’s how to be kind to myself and give myself grace.” Some days we may feel like we're in a solid routine and life is running smoothly, and some days we may feel like the world is falling apart and that's okay. As we learn to navigate these new waters, it's important to be patient with ourselves and have grace. It’s okay to not be okay right now.


Kimberly says, “Normally we force rest into our lives around our work schedules, but now we are being forced to pause, be home, and rest.” Tim explains how in the first couple weeks of the stay-at-home order, he was wasting so much time simply because he wasn't used to having so much of it. After a couple of weeks of getting into new routines, he has been productive and used this time to complete projects that he didn't have the time for before.


The next question Tim asks is “How do we prepare for a crisis?” To answer his question, Tim quotes James Lane Allen “Adversity doesn't build character; it reveals it.” Tim also says, “Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals preparation.” Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”


Tim brings up this scripture because in this scenario, each person is going through the same crisis. The preparation of the builders determines the success of the homes during the storms. Tim compares this Coronavirus season to the storm that has hit our lives. If we had not prepared before the storm hit, many things could begin falling apart. Tim brings up marriages for instance. If a marriage was shaky before this storm, it might be having a hard time thriving because they were not prepared for a crisis. On the other hand, a couple who has been continually working to become closer to their spouse may be thriving during this time. This can be applied to every relationship or situation. Whether it’s our marriages, our finances, or our relationship with the Lord, each situation could either thrive or really struggle through this storm.


Kimberly encourages our listeners by letting them know it’s not too late. Kimberly says, “While it’s important to prepare before catastrophes hit, there is an opportunity in the midst of crises to create a new solid foundation for your life.” We can see this time at home on lockdown with our families as an opportunity to create a new culture around our homes.


Tim ends the podcast by quoting Psalm 1 which says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Strength comes from being grounded in the Word of God and seeing the world from God's perspective instead of man's perspective.


Thanks for joining us! We love you guys!


QUOTES


“If there is one thing I have learned more than anything in this season of the unknown, it’s how to be kind to myself and give myself grace.” -Shara


“Normally we force rest into our lives around our work schedules, but now we are being forced to pause, be home, and rest.” -Kimberly


“The preparation of the builders determines the success of the homes during the storms.” -Tim


“While it’s important to prepare before catastrophes hit, there is an opportunity in the midst of crises to create a new solid foundation for your life.”


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”


Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”


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