Lessons from 2020

By Bill Harvison
Posted 12/31/20

At this point in the year it would be, well, “cliche” to say anything about 2020.

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Lessons from 2020

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At this point in the year it would be, well, “cliche” to say anything about 2020. We all know how we feel about 2020, and the hopes and desires we have for 2021. However, before we dive into the new decade let’s truly reflect on 2020. During this year of most unhappy events I do think we can look back and learn a few things.  One, who ever knew toilet paper could disappear so fast? Second, who knew Facebook would become an accurate source of news and information?

All joking aside, it has been a rough ride for many of our fellow Americans. Before we close out this year let’s take the last few days and reflect upon what we have learned this year:

Family — Many of us have spent the greater part of this year learning to visit family via internet sources. As more chances come, and yes I believe they will, hug your family. Take that extra day and go for that visit to see them. Money can buy a lot, but it cannot buy family and true relationships. Don’t forsake any chance you have to talk, touch and love your family and friends.

Rainy Days — Be prepared for those unexpected events, invest some money in your savings accounts. Learn to live inside your income, not trying to keep up with the Joneses. Nobody ever thought we would see a great economy fall so fast, yet it did. Set aside a little today for tomorrow, especially toilet paper.

Worship — Many of us had to adapt quickly to a new style of church by going online overnight. It worked, and I feel that is not going to change. Online church services are here to stay, even for small rural churches like here in Powell. The gospel outreach of online church has provided tens of thousands with the opportunity to hear Jesus loves you. Embrace the new while holding on to Jesus as the rock and anchor of your faith.

Fears — Many of us had to face great fears this year. We faced the fear of missing major life events. We faced the fear of masks and the fear of those not wearing them. Now we face the fear whether to vaccinate or not. But in the end we are still Americans, neighbors, friends, family. Don’t let our fears of one side or the other divide the relationships we value most.

Death — It will come. None of us are immune to it. No matter whether it be from COVID, heart attack or a car crash on a Tuesday afternoon we are all going to leave this world one day.  The question to ask is, are YOU ready for that day? Are you ready for what happens, ready to stand before God and give an account of your life? Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed for man to die and after that comes judgment.” Judgment will come from a loving God who gave His son so that you could have life eternal with him. So when your day comes will you be ready?

As we say goodbye to 2020, let’s not look at all the problems, fears and worries. Let’s look at the good, at what we  have learned, and how to move forward.  After all, hindsight is 20/20.

(Bill Harvison is the pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church at Powell, 700 E. Madison St.)

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