In recent weeks COVID-19 has forced people to stay at home and practice social distancing. While self-isolation can feel daunting at times it’s important to try and make the most out of the current situation. While many people are spending more time inside, not everyone has the ability to work from home. Furthermore, many colleges have paused classes which has caused a plethora of young people to return home and spend this time with their families. Aside from taking the time to speak with God each day, what can you do to keep busy without going anywhere?

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

Volunteer Virtually

Whether you’re passionate about the environment, want to help alleviate world hunger, or looking for ways to assist the elderly there are loads of things you can do virtually. Many nonprofit organizations have begun utilizing the help of virtual volunteers.

Red Cross has volunteers monitor online discussions to find people that need help and share information and updates on social media. If you’re already an active user of Twitter or Facebook why not take the opportunity to help others?

The United Nations also runs a program that connects volunteers to organizations all over the world. People can help with writing and editing, technology services, research, advocacy, and translation. There’s a multitude of short and longer-term opportunities for anyone interested. It’s a perfect opportunity for college students to participate in helping their fellow man. 

“He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:25


This is a wonderful time to brush up on your culinary skills. If you have a few cookbooks around flip through the pages and find a few recipes that you’ve always wanted to try. If that doesn’t sound like fun then open the pantry and get inspired. Find a few ingredients that you’ve had for a while and come up with a creative meal to use up your old pantry items. Not only will you perfect a few more recipes but you’ll also be pleased to see your family enjoy something that you’ve made.

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

Isaiah 61:11

Clean Up the Garden

March and April are the time of year to prepare the garden. As long as it’s safe to spend time in your yard, go ahead and begin cleaning up the garden. Rake up old leaves, collect sticks and pull any weeds. Depending on what “hardiness zone” you live in things such as cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and eggplant can all be planted as early as April.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:16

Improve your Skills

Is there something specific you’ve wanted to get better at? Now is a great time to improve and sharpen your skills. Practice writing, computer programming, or working with Adobe photo design. Depending on what it is you can use the skill to boost your resume or further your career.

The list of ways to stay busy at home is neverending! Take a walk and spend time reflecting on His grace. Read, call your loves ones, do puzzles, study, or begin a new hobby. Don’t forget to drink water and exercise for a few minutes every day.

This blog was originally published on Mark Smith’s website.