This has been a year, hasn’t it? Two weeks turned into two months, turned into half a year, turned into ten months…and counting.
If you’ll allow me, I’d like to share a few thing I have learned, that might be what you need to hear today, too.
- This is hard for everyone. Less than 5% of the population in our country has “officially” been diagnosed with covid, but 100% of our population has suffered its affects. We are in the midst of a mental health crisis, because we are not made for this combination of sustained anxiety and separation. This is not meant to sound alarmist; this is just where we are.
- We will never be independent of one another. My actions (and inactions) affect you, and your actions (and inactions) affect me. This isn’t a bad thing, by the way. In fact, it (conveniently) confirms my worldview that says every individual is indispensable (1 Corinthians 12:22). This interconnectedness is really pretty amazing, and in the world in 2020, it’s not just a local thing; it’s global.
- You shouldn’t make major life decisions during a crisis, unless you should. Where we live, people have made decisions about moving across the country, major corporations have relocated, and families have made major purchases. Depending on how you’re wired, those decisions can be impulsive and lead to regret. Or, if you have the personality that it take something major to move you from your intertia, maybe a global crisis is what you needed to force the action you’ve known you needed to take for years.
- Every crisis contains opportunity. For our family, we have taken the opportunity to spend more quality time together after realizing how quickly that window closes. There are deals to be had, and smart investments to be made, because peoples’ irrational fears lead them to do irrational things. And there is also the opportunity for healthy organizations to apply creativity to rapidly changing situations.
- 90% of things are out of your control, more or less. I learned this on the farm; you can do everything else right, but you can’t control the weather. Some businesses are the victims of setback after setback due to no fault of their own, and this is pretty heartbreaking. Some people do everything right and get covid, and some people do everything wrong and don’t get it.
- People still care about fairness and integrity. Much of our frustration comes from when we see hypocrisy around us, or inequality, or inconsistency. We’ve all heard kids scream, “That’s not fair!” It turns out, adults care about that, too. Go figure.
- You are not alone. God is still with you. That’s a Psalm 23 promise: He’s with us when pastures are green and waters are calm, and He’s with us in the barren, inhospitable valleys of life. That’s also a Matthew 28 promise: Jesus says, “I am with you always.” I have also seen people show up for one another in amazing ways this year.
- 2020 is not wasted. I promise you have grown more than you realize, partly because our growth curve is much steeper in adversity than it is during prosperity. You are stronger than you realize; God designed you for resiliency. And when you are weak, He has a power made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
- Don’t quit. Whether you’re a Navy Seal or a retail worker, a parent or a student, a medical professional or a teacher, the lesson is the same. Suffering produces perseverance, produces character, produces hope (Romans 5:3-5). And hope is a powerful thing. Few people regret persevering, but many people regret giving up.
- I’m just a phone call or a text away. 661.665.6617 And it just so happens, that I crave human interaction.