Updated: Jan 3, 2021
What did 2020 mean to you?
Most people agree that 2020 was not the year they hoped for. But does it mean that it was the worst year ever?
For many, it probably was. There may have been deaths in the family, of dreams, the loss of a job, or income. 2020 was a mess financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for many people. The year challenged us, stretching our patience, resolve, mindset, attitude, gratefulness, and relationships.
2020 helped others to draw nearer to Him, to seek resillience through Him, and to cling closer to the Lord, His teachings, and family. Challenges prove what exists in our heart.
Life brings so much we cannot handle and even precious moments are often bittersweet.
Matthew 6:34 says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today." We will always have trouble. Life has treated most people, especially here in the United States so well that many crumble at the slightest bit of trouble. We want our days to be smooth and easy, because they usually are.
The truth is that this world is not meant to be our home and we were warned that it would be challenging and burdensome. John 16:33 says, "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Instead of lamenting over hardships, let us feel the loss, pain, or troubles, then release the grip they threaten over us. Accept trials on our knees with eyes fixed above with a humble grace that only comes from following Jesus.
Can we remember the troubles Jesus faced and expect to travel through our life unscathed? On the most difficult and painful days, we can still choose to abide in the hope and promises of Jesus.
Romans 8:38-39 says, "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
No matter what tomorrow holds, we are secure through the One who is ready to guide and carry us. Rest in His arms. His strength is more than sufficient for every one of our needs. Look Up to the Lord with intentional focus on a lifetime with Him, and craft habits and lifestyle changes that reflect a desire to make each moment matter for eternity.
What is the one thing that will carry us well through this year, despite what may occur? The same fact that will carry us for the rest of our lives and into eternity. Jesus.
Would you like this year to be the one that cemented your mindset on eternity? Are you ready to see how each moment matters in ways we neglect to consider in the course of a day?
James 4:8a promises, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Choose to know Jesus in a deeper way this year. Allow His mindset to become your own. Troubles fade in the light of His glory, grace, and provisions.