Twenty Lessons We can Learn From 2020

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:

  1. Nothing in life is certain
  2. Hold loosely to…well, almost everything
  3. Be flexible
  4. Getting up and going to work every day is not the worst thing after all
  5. God alone makes sense in this crazy world
  6. Family and friends are so valuable
  7. Contentment can be found in the small things
  8. Solitude and even loneliness are good
  9. Beauty feeds the soul
  10. Don’t be afraid to try new things
  11. Hard times equal growth
  12. We are so incredibly blessed here in America
  13. Music makes everything better
  14. A healthy lifestyle is beneficial
  15. God works in unexpected ways
  16. I am not forgotten or overlooked
  17. Spiritual growth is a personal matter
  18. Ohio is actually a great place to live
  19. It’s good to have kids around
  20. 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!

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