2020, the year where everything was supposed to go right.

What a big year. Good things were going to happen. This is year where goals and plans would be achieved. A year where the last memories of high school would be made.

All of these variables are stuck in my head in the middle of this crazy pandemic. Thinking about everything we are not getting to experience can be kinda depressing initially. During this time, I’ve had the realization of just how temporary all of this really is.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 says: “There’s nothing to anything, its all smoke…”  and verses 6 and 7 say:
One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes, its business as usual
on old planet earth.”

You may be thinking– wow, this has gotten depressing really fast, but the reason I mention this is to show how this is ALL so temporary.

We worry about what is going to happen within the next weeks, months, years even. What God is really telling us to think about is the here and now, because today has enough worries on its own.

So if you are feeling kinda depressed or just bummed out about what you may be missing out on right now, know that you aren’t alone. In the end, this is all temporary so there’s no need to worry about tomorrow. Take it one day at a time and trust that Jesus will bring you through this.

Here are a few things that I have been doing to stay creative in these crazy times!


Go out for a walk or a bike ride around the neighborhood.

Blast some music that makes you happy. Your probably spending a lot of time with family, this a good way to clear your mind and get some time alone.


Work on that project you’ve alway said you were gonna do.

For me that means working on my car. It’s been a great way for me to spend less time on my phone and social media. Figure out what you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time for and do that!



Practice that thing or hobby you are passionate about.

Photography is that thing I am really into. This is no better time than to get creative and see what you can do with whatever craft or hobby you have fun doing on the side.



Listen to a Podcast or Audio Book.

I have been able to spend time with my family listening to the Bridgetown Daily by Bridgetown Church in Portland. It has been such a great way to refresh and help remind me in ways that I can center my life around Jesus through daily practices and prayer.


Make intentional time to spend with family.

Have some fun! This is time that you won’t get back so make the most of it.


This is the time for us as followers of Christ and for the Church to be a light to others. Please don’t miss this chance. Make sure you are doing your part by staying at home, we will all get through this one step at a time. I want to end on the quote I heard recently.

“All will be well, all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.”


Written by a VY Influencer: Andy Olson (@_andyolson)