This last week of 2020 I took some time to reflect on the year, as most of us do. For some, this has been the worst year of their lives, but for me, it was different. It is one of the best years of my life!
There has been A LOT of negatives to this year, the pandemic, movies and games getting delayed, not being able to travel, not being able to gather with friends and family, and many more. This year has been heavy on the emotional side, not gonna lie.
But there’s also been A LOT of good in my life! I got married, moved to a new state, welcomed my niece into the world, got a great job that pays well, and many more.
This year reminds me of this scripture:
7 Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord
And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.
8 For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,
That spreads out its roots by the river;
And will not fear the heat when it comes;
But its leaves will be green and moist.
And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought
Nor stop bearing fruit.
This year was all about stretching and expanding my roots to reach blessing and favor from God.
There is still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the pandemic but God is telling us that in 2021 we can expand our roots (step out of our comfort zone) and we will be blessed. There’s no need to be anxious about what is happening because in the year of drought we can still bear fruit.
I asked our other team members what they learned during this year. Here are their answers:
Whew. I learned that teachers are one of the most amazing people groups on the planet. And I don’t think their value and importance can ever, ever be overestimated.
I also learned that sharing my own mental health journey has been encouraging and freeing for others.
Also, every household needs a black cat.
I’ve learned to trust God more. 2020 has been a tough year for us all I’m sure, and it seemed to have so much promise. Yet, even in the darkest moments, I saw Him work.
2021 will be like 2020 and every other year. It starts and ends with God on the throne and His Will be done.
I think the simplest way I can put this is that If I am to believe Jesus at his word that the first shall be last and the last shall be first, then American evangelism is fundamentally incompatible with Jesus Christ of the Bible.
And so I will be spending 2021 “decolonizing” my faith. I will be doing a deep dive into what it means to pursue the hearts of the disinherited, the disenfranchised, the disavowed, and the discriminated.
My exploration will be more outward. Less about how I can personally become pious and more about what does it really mean to love my neighbor asked thyself, and love thy neighbors and pray for those who persecute you.
Or thinking about it a different way, the outward look of loving thy neighbor is how one achieves piety. Rather than achieving it through a series of thou shalt nots.
2020 has been a loaded year, but it started and ended with God in the throne as it always has.
On behave of all of us working in the Christian Living department of Geeks Under Grace, we want to wish you a wonderful 2021!