Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “ For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Insight: As 2020 comes to an end, I know many are saying “thank God,” and it can’t end soon enough. For sure, 2020 has been a challenging year on so many levels. It has been the most unique year of my 56 so far on this earth. While 2020 has been a year of so many trials and tribulations, and let’s remember Jesus promised us we would have them in this life in John 16:33, I want to also say it has been a year of tremendous growth and re-prioritizing. How can you survive a year like 2020 and not grow? Growth in your faith, in your strength, in your ability to adapt, to be flexible is a natural outcome of dealing with the many curveballs 2020 has thrown us all. But one area where I really want to dive deep is to look at how we’ve changed in viewing our priorities.
Basically, 2020 has forced many to change almost everything about their set routines. Comfort has likely been threatened in many areas, and replaced by character building and survival. But 2020 has really brought into focus where and how we spend our time. What do we really value? You can tell by how you spend your time. Time is our most valuable commodity and that became abundantly clear. Money can buy lots of things, but it can’t buy more time. How we spend our time depends on what we focus on or what we value most. The Bible speaks a lot about what is truly important is things that will have eternal value. We see a proper perspective above in 2 Corinthians 4:18 when it says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This year, many people have refocused and spent more time with their families and that is a great blessing which we shouldn’t overlook. Some have been forced to work at home and become more present with their kids and made more aware of their struggles during this season when so much has been taken away from them. Maybe this was a bit of a wake-up call for many to reassess how they are using their time. Are you investing your time on the most important things? Will it matter in eternity? Ask yourselves these tough questions, then make adjustments as needed.
As Rick Warren has said, you can’t create time, borrow time, extend time or save time in the long run. You can only use time. Are you using it wisely? We all have 1440 minutes in a day. Make sure the lessons of 2020 get put to good use in 2021, so that you can use your time to invest in things that will really matter. Remember, one of satan’s biggest tricks is to make you so busy that God can’t use you effectively. Don’t worry, don’t hurry and don’t scurry around in 2021, but focus on investing your time, talent and treasure in things that will truly matter, things with eternal value. God tells us what this looks like very plainly in the Bible: Love Him and love each other. When the clock hits Midnight and we turn the Calendar to 2021, make sure to bring the lessons you learned and the growth you achieved in 2020 with you. There will be no magic switch that gets flipped that simply makes everything “ok” again just because it’s a new year. But with trials like we’ve endured in 2020 comes wisdom, strength and new perspective. Focus on how you invest your time in 2021. It is truly the most precious of all commodities.