2020: Worst or Best Year Ever?
We’re just a few days away from Jamhuri Day. While you wouldn’t be mistaken to think I’m being patriotic, there’s another reason I mention Jamhuri Day. Usually by the time the week just before December 12th rolls around, it’s like a ubiquitous mental shift happens: a silent collective consensus that says, “The year is over and the Christmas holidays are here: it’s time to move from work mode to holiday mode.” The remaining 3 weeks are generally slow on the work front, and the focus is on making plans to ‘enjoy the break.’ No problems there, especially with the kind of year this has been – an uncomfortably different one.
And with the break usually comes – in one way or another – a general reflection upon, and evaluation of the year. What were the highlights? The lowlights? Any personal accomplishments, advancements, takeaways? And on and on the reflections go.
But with all of us spending months shut in at home and living through a ‘new normal’ in 2020, many of us are wondering, “What’s there to celebrate about this year? My plans were turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic.” Or plandemic as it has also been referred to.
Well, whether you find yourself in that category or not – there’s still hope. We can still do something amazing that can turn 2020 into the best year ever! Something that will last – forever. What if you asked God to place an individual on your heart that you could pray for between now and Christmas time, believing Him to save their soul? Mark 8:37 says, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” We can make a tremendous contribution in helping someone come to know Christ now or later by committing to pray consistently for their soul over the remainder of this year. After all, it’s only 18 days between now and Christmas Day. And what better Christmas gift could you give to the Lord on the day we celebrate his birth, than a genuine effort of sincere prayer for one of His sons or daughters to come back home?
Do you have a friend or loved one you could pray for? I know I do! Let me know if you would want to take this kind of journey.