Updated: Dec 2, 2020
I’ve heard all the jokes about unplugging and re-plugging in 2020 back in because it’s not working.
And I’ve laughed at all the memes about how much of a dumpster fire the year has been.
Honestly, humor is important right now.
But all kidding aside, I don’t think we should even for a moment believe that this year is all bad, useless, or a waste.
That’s simply not true.
Not on a worldly level, or an individual level.
There is this passage in James 1:2-4. It goes like this:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I noticed the word “whenever” in this passage.
It’s saying that literally any trial can be used to produce perseverance inside of us.
It’s saying that even 2020 and all the hot mess that has come with it can be used to make us stronger, more mature and complete in Christ.
This year isn’t a waste, friend.
Unless we let it be.
But it’s not done yet.
Even if you’ve given up or stopped trying, I want you to reconsider.
I want to encourage you to look at the remainder of the year as a challenge to grow in perseverance.
It’s a chance to look at the trials coming our way and say to Jesus, “ok, let’s do this.”
We can focus on what He wants to do to make us more like Him even through the most challenging of years.
This year isn’t a waste.
Let God prove it.
Focus on Him, and watch what He does inside of you.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog