Well, we made it to the end of 2020. Before we mark it off and move on let’s reflect on what we can learn from one of the most difficult years of our lives. First, if you think that turning the calendar page will make the mistakes you made in 2020 disappear, it will do us well to learn from the life of King David in the bible, a man who made some huge mistakes and sinned greatly against God yet was still considered to be a man after God’s own heart. Though David was responsible for stealing another man’s wife and committing murder to cover up for it, he had a repentant heart. He owned his sin(eventually), asked God for forgiveness, and turned from sinning to obeying God. If you are painfully aware of the mistakes you made in 2020, don’t just turn the page of the calendar, turn to God, ask Him to forgive you and turn away from your sin to living God’s will in your life.
You’ve heard the phrase, “Hindsight is 2020”. In a nutshell it’s the understanding that afterword - once we have all the information - we can see much more clearly and would usually choose to do things differently. God, the creator of life, has given us written instructions on life itself. He created it, Jesus lived it, and it’s written down for us to gain all the insight we need. Often we forfeit all His wisdom. As we read God’s Word we learn His ways and it shapes how we make decisions and engage in life and relationships. Maybe it’s time to establish a simple, repeatable pattern of reading the bible daily.
And if 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we need one another! Shawna shares how Perry spoke words of life to her when she most needed to hear them & his words caused her to stop a negative thinking pattern and trust God. Who has spoken life to you in 2020? Reach out to them and let them know what their words meant to you. They probably don’t know.
Lastly, Shawna shares a final word, a blessing over you as you wrap up 2020 and head into a brand new year with no mistakes in it. There are 2 simple truths we all need to carry with us as we step into 2021. Happy New Year!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.