For my fellow followers of Christ who are writing off 2020 and making comments that allude to this year not counting, please consider…
2020 is the year of loss that has helped many of us unite in compassion and concern for our fellow man.
2020 is the year we became more aware of our global connections as we suffered through a global pandemic.
2020 is the year we began to recognize some of the broken systems that creates barriers for those serving their fellow man (medical professionals, teachers, other essential workers, etc) to effectively and efficiently do what it is they need to do.
2020 is the year that deep rooted injustice was seen for what it is by so many more who had not seen it before, and people FINALLY began to listen, repent, and work towards justice for all.
2020 is the year we were given the opportunity to slow down and focus on what matters most – the people we love and the people we are called to love.
2020 is the year that, while humanity stayed at home, the Earth got reprieve to heal itself a little.
2020 is the year we became more aware of how much we really need one another in both the joys and the struggles that come with living life.
2020 is the year the Church was released from our physical building boxes and began to move into our homes and communities, giving us new capability to reach, bless, and share the Gospel message with those we would otherwise not have done.
2020 is the year that the global Church “gathered” in a unity that we otherwise would not have done (if we’re being totally honest), sharing common suffering that helped us see that no matter where we are or our life circumstances, #WeAreHumanity TOGETHER!
2020 is the year that, on the greater part, we began to appreciate and show gratitude for one other on a level we never had before.
While there has been great devastation, destruction, and death that has happened, let’s not write off 2020. It continues to have purpose, calling us to learn new things about ourselves and the old truth that God never changes and is good. Grieve loss and hardship, but also recognize that “we can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)
2020 counts…if we allow the global perseverance through trials to do its work as I believe God intended for it to work in us. Such brokenness is the result of a world fallen to sin, but even in brokenness, God continues to make all things new and work together for our good. If we say we believe in this God, we should have faith that 2020 was meant for a greater good that we cannot see at the moment.