I know we’re anxious to move on. I get it. Our Christmas decorations were packed away over the weekend and I’ve already cleaned a closet out and taken the items to a donation drop off site.
Our family has left and the ones who live here are back at work and school. This year, it seems, we’re all anxious to start new and leave 2020 way behind.
Last summer I joined a creative group that was borne from a dream my photography teacher had. At the end of the year, she shared a list of 20 wins she had in 2020. She is a woman who has known much heartache and trials but she is also a woman who refuses to allow circumstances to steal her joy. So she finds wins in a year that was anything but victorious.
Kim’s was one of the three post I most valued on wrapping up 202. I referenced Emily Freeman’s What Worked and What Didn’t in my last post. You can check out Kim Klassen’s 20 Wins here because we all can use encouragement in tracking the big and little things in life.
Because I think reflection is helpful and often a good teacher I want to share three questions asked by Kendra, The Lazy Genius in her end of year newsletter.
What will you remember most?
DUH…. .What is the COVID-19 pandemic?
I don’t know a single person this did not effect. I imagine we’ll be retelling stories of this period in our lives for generations to come.
What was the biggest surprise?
Again, the pandemic. I didn’t see any of it coming. The ripple effect was far and wide and continues.
That coupled with social unrest and protests made it a year preoccupied with fear, anger, and division.
2020 seemed to have been filled with more talking and less listening.
Perhaps my personal surprise was not caving into the loudness of it all. Instead, I held out for hope and frequently reminded myself of the verse where Jesus tells us the peace He gives is not the peace the world offers. Let’s face it, this world has no idea what true peace is or who it is.
What has changed?
It’s nothing I would have noticed without this question but as I look back I realized I turned down the volume.
We backed off the news. I limited my social media time and became more purposed in using it for encouragement. I shared hope more and didn’t allow fear to overtake me.
I understand the protests and injustices done and the need for change. It begins with us individually so I want to do better at living it. I can do that without the media shouting their slanted (paid for) views.
I held on to hope for myself and others.
The past isn’t a place I choose to live but it I have visited particular times in my past hoping to learn. It’s never wasted if we can learn from it and some of the lessons aren’t easy.
2020 made us realize more drastic change is needed. That often feels overwhelming.What can I do to help bring about change? The Bible breaks it down to these three things:
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously.
Because it bears repeating in another translation:
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
The question for 2021: Am I willing?