Clearer vision

The end of 2020 is fast approaching and what a year! We’ve seen things this year that we haven’t seen before. Everyone is now wearing masks, we’ve had a toilet paper shortage, a coin shortage and I do recall something about murder hornets. (Thankfully I’ve never encountered one of them.)

If anyone can remember, 2020 was supposed to be the year of “clearer vision” — like 20/20 vision. It was such a great idea.

We were going to tackle 2020 like a boss and nothing could stop us. Until it did. It was like someone slammed on the emergency brakes and everything we knew came to a halt. The excitement at the beginning of the year turned to chaos and had me wishing for the year’s quick demise.

Our vision of 2020 suddenly changed. What we knew to be true wasn’t true anymore. Churches and businesses closed, people lost their jobs or their positions changed dramatically, and many people lost loved ones. Everything was and still is completely different than it was last year.

But if you are beginning to lose hope, please don’t. Remember God’s promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” God knew 2020 would happen, it didn’t surprise Him. The chaos of this year will never change the truth of Romans 8:28.

So we can still have that “clearer vision” in the year of 2020. We can still accomplish great things even though we face difficult and changing circumstances.

We can give more; we can love more. We can show grace and mercy to people who might not “deserve” it.  We can be the Jesus that others need to see — the hope for those who have lost theirs.

Every day is a new day — we can turn it around. 2020 isn’t over, let’s finish like a boss!

Amy Hacker

Amy Hacker is a regular contributor to The Rope. She also is creative services associate for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She attends the Church of the Highlands and has three children.

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