There is no doubt that 2020 is a year that we would like to forget! But, as we have closed out the year and entered into a new one, are there lessons that we have learned that can help us in 2021? I believe so.
Early in 2020, when our world came to a sudden halt, families found themselves at home. For the first time in months and or even years, families had time together that they had not had before.
I suspect that many of us have become way to busy. In our business, we did not make the time for those who matter most to us. Don’t let 2021 become so busy that you forget those who matter most.
God built rest into life when He created the world. Every night is a time in which we should be sleeping. Sleep is important to the repairing and rejuvenation of our bodies. Isn’t it interesting that in the creation account, it always says, “The evening and the morning?” Maybe there is a lesson for us to learn that our days should begin with plenty of rest.
Additionally, God rested on the seventh day. This is known as Sabbath Rest. Sabbath Rest is dedicated to not working and spending time in worship.
It is unfortunate that the invention of electricity keeps us up later at night than we should be. Also, it is unfortunate other technologies keep us distracted. I am afraid that even when we are gathered with the church that we aren’t focused on worshipping God. It so easy to allow the handheld computers we call smart phones to distract us.
Less Is More
This is implied in the previous points. But, it is worth spending a few moments to think about. Why are we so afraid of having nothing to do? Why do we think that “down-time” is a sign of laziness? Why do we think that every minute of the day has to be filled with something to do?
There are two terms that is worth remembering and applying to our lives – simplify and streamline. Are there things in your life that you are doing that you don’t need to do? Maybe it is time to simplify and streamline your life.
Hope Exists in Christ
There is no doubt that 2020 brought discouragement or even depression to many people. I have heard more people asking if this is the end than ever before. Why are they asking this? Perhaps we have finally been awakened to the fact that there is more to life than our existence here.
But, if there is an afterlife, what does it look like? The fact is that there are only two destinations – eternal blessing or eternal punishment. We don’t like to think about it, but all of us are born sinners. We are separated from God. We are hopeless. The only hope of reconciliation with God we have is in Jesus Christ. May 2021 be the year that we find our true hope in Christ!