For many, January 1, 2021 cannot get here fast enough! Tomorrow is a welcomed opportunity to start over from the bad experiences of the last twelve months. It is really hard to look back on this past year without sadness, frustration and pain.
But, the past is gone, today is present, and tomorrow is a gift. From the pandemic, to our personal highs and lows in 2020, God has given us new mercies and He is moving us forward to a new year. So I want to challenge you to not look back on 2020 with animosity and gloom. Instead, lets TRY to reflect and identify the blessings, and lessons, from God on the good AND bad days of this past year. These reflections show how God showed up right when you needed Him. And He probably showed up at times when you least expected it! (I know He did for my family and me!)
Go ahead. Reflect on those times. I am sure you will discover some blessings you did not notice before. Give thanks for 2020 and all that it was, good or bad. Yes, give thanks for the bad. GOD was there with you through it all. And if you allow it, He will use the bad to make something good in your life…if He hasn’t already!
“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered..” – 1 Chronicles 16:11-12
I think a lesson for many of us in 2020 was realizing the messy placement of our priorities and false hopes vs THE REAL HOPE. Before you place your hope in ‘things’ and ‘people’ of the world, place your hope in a re-newed, or new, relationship with Jesus Christ. Seek His will for your life and embrace the 2021 with Him.
If you invite Him, Jesus will be with you every minute of every day of the new year (yes, all 365 of them). He will never stop loving you and protecting you. He will comfort you on the bad days and He will rejoice with you on the good days! Life IS better with JESUS!
“The Lord your God is in your midst; a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephania 3:17
I cannot imagine embracing 2021 without Jesus. How about you?