My unpopular opinion?
I may be alone in this feeling, but I don’t think 2020 was such a bad year.
I found it all… very interesting.
Again, maybe that’s just me. I’ll also be the first to say that I’ve been fortunate. I haven’t gotten COVID (not that I know of, anyway). I didn’t lose my job. No one I loved died from the disease. I didn’t have a business close or anything like that.
Teaching from home was tough, but we got through it. Then God provided a new summer job when my camp didn’t open until July. He met my need before I even had time to pray about it!
So, I realize I’m not speaking for everyone, here. But please bear with me. I think this unique time has been good for us in so many ways. I know it has for me.
Here in the United States, we are blessed with prosperity and unprecedented freedom. We have an ease of life most people, both in the past and living in the world today, will never experience.
These last ten months have been challenging, largely for the fact that they’ve broken us out of our comfortable secure. We’ve had comforts and freedoms taken away for the first time.
But is that REALLY a bad thing?
I don’t think so.
The hard times are when we grow the most. They’re the times we’re forced to turn to God because we don’t know where else to go or what to do. Being uncomfortable shows us who we are and what’s truly important in our lives.
As we wrap up the year and look ahead, hoping for something better in the times to come, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on what we’ve already been given.
Twenty Lessons I’ve Learned in 2020:
- Nothing in life is certain
- Hold loosely to…well, almost everything
- Be flexible
- Getting up and going to work every day is not the worst thing after all
- God alone makes sense in this crazy world
- Family and friends are so valuable
- Contentment can be found in the small things
- Solitude and even loneliness are good
- Beauty feeds the soul
- Don’t be afraid to try new things
- Hard times equal growth
- We are so incredibly blessed here in America
- Music makes everything better
- A healthy lifestyle is beneficial
- God works in unexpected ways
- I am not forgotten or overlooked
- Spiritual growth is a personal matter
- Ohio is actually a great place to live
- It’s good to have kids around
- Comfort is the enemy
Some of them are random, but that’s where I’m at right now! This year has taught me to much.
I also wanted to share a favorite poem with you. I feel like it perfectly sums this year up.
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
-attributed to Sir Francis Drake
2020 disturbed us in so many ways. It forced us to adjust our whole lives. But it also gave us new opportunities to rise, to sail farther from the comfortable shores, and to lift our eyes up, rather than around us.
May we continue to do that in 2021.
This week, I’m thankful for all the lessons we’ve been able to learn this year. It hasn’t been boring, that’s for sure. Together, let’s celebrate every SINGLE blessing!