We all know that the year 2020 was challenging. It’s a year we will never forget. COVID-19 had an immense, global impact that had an effect on every one of us in various ways, not to mention all the other events that occurred last year!
2020, for many, became a year that we turned inward. Some people had to focus more intently on self-preservation, whether financially, mentally, or emotionally. Many turned inward to families and the closest community. We quarantined, we learned to do school virtually, we discussed and questioned all that was going on, we mourned, we grieved disappointments, we strived to laugh and have fun. We made it through the year together. I believe 2020 was a year that God allowed us to be refined and humbled, as the things we clung so tightly to weren’t there to grasp anymore. He allowed us to seek truth in a time that seemed chaotic and found that His word and His character are continually proven faithful and genuine.
And now it’s 2021! The Lord is doing something new in His people. It’s time to put this passage into action:
For some, the effects of COVID worked as a catalyst in their lives. Seeing needs in their communities, some were led to help to meet those needs.
For some, 2020 demanded we turn our attention to taking care of our families and livelihoods. For others, 2020 paralyzed us, made us fearful, debilitated us, or perhaps brought on anxious or depressed thoughts. As the fog lifts and as good news becomes more common, it’s time to stand up, turn around, and face outward in order to serve the world around us. We have an incredible opportunity to share the comfort we have experienced from the Lord with those who are hurting.
After a dark and challenging time, some may need to rediscover their purpose. We need new freedom, security, and overflowing peace. How can that happen? How can we experience joy again after all the heaviness we’ve recently endured? The answer is by serving others! In my opinion, finding freedom and purpose comes through serving and meeting needs. In order to experience the light in the darkness, we have to be the light.
All around me, I see weary pastors. They have had to preach to a camera phone in an empty room for far too long. Let’s come alongside them as their Aarons and Hurs to encourage and empower them to keep going!
People are burdened. They have heard one bad news report after another. Let’s bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope He offers to them!
Maybe you are discouraged and need that hope. It’s time to remember the passion, talents, and giftings the Lord has given you, get out there, and use them.
It’s time to remove the scales of a frustrating and challenging year off of our eyes, see that the harvest is ripe, and get out there to serve! That’s where abundant life full of joy and peace is found, out serving others as the body of Christ.
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