Would it be an understatement to say that 2020 was an adventure? Probably not. For some the adventure was trying. For others it was taxing. And for the approximately 1.82 million worldwide killed by the pandemic, and their loved ones, it was tragic. That is not to mention the unemployed, the out of business, the essential workers, family members and caretakers who involuntarily became teachers, and many, many others whose lives were turned upside down.
But this is 2021, a clean slate. We are still here. We made it. And life is not entirely bad. In fact, in some respects, it is better than ever. We are less busy, no longer running around like chickens with heads cut off. We have more time to spend at home and to make our homes into the refuge we’ve always wanted them to be. And we have more time to devote to God and to hear from Him. So it is our responsibility to make the best of the time we are in. Today is a new day and the start of a new year. The possibilities are endless. God has a purpose for each of us and as long as we are here we have a duty to discover that purpose and fulfill it. Or at least try.
As we apply the lessons learned in 2020, now is the time to reposition, diversify and focus on what is truly important. This applies to our families, our careers, our finances and most important, our relationship with God. This year might not be entirely different from last year. The vaccine will take time to be distributed. However, habits are not so easy to change. And we already see that the virus is also changing before our very eyes. On the other hand, 2021 just might be the best year ever.
Regardless, we have to adapt. It is time to create a new normal and that, the ability to actively shape our daily lives, is something I look forward to. Beyond mask wearing, hand sanitizing and regular cleaning (why wasn’t this being done before?), we don’t know what that new normal will look like. But we have the ability to shape it. To normalize working from home. To abandon over-priced real estate and cramped living spaces. To actually learn and know the people we live with and separate from those who do not enrich our lives. In all of this we can take comfort in knowing that there is one person there is one person who knows what the future holds. Thankfully, that person is unchanging and all knowing. I can think of no better person to rely on in these times than He who was and is and is to come. He who is all knowing and the embodiment of love: Jesus.
So as we figure things out and create our new normal remember that we are not alone, we never were. We are not left to rely only on ourselves. Personally, that gives me great hope in the future and what it may bring.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
How about you? Are you looking forward to 2021; or simply celebrating the end of 2020? What gives you hope? Let us know in the comments section below.