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No matter how beautiful or how tragic we think 2020 has been for us, most would look at 2021 with expectations to do better. What would make 2021 better for you? Is it greater success at the individual level with outcomes like more money, more fame, more shoes? Or a better world with less poverty, hunger, and injustice?
If we all decided in 2021 to stop changing the planet; to close down all industries, all schools, all shops, hospitals and government; and live only on what we can find in our grasslands, forests, rivers, lakes and the ocean – would we have a better happier world? I doubt it – I don’t think inaction will give us a better world. I think there are two things we can do to have a better 2021.
First is to listen to Genesis 3:17-19 (NLT)(shortened): And to the man he [God] said… “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground… For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
It says by the sweat of our brow will we have food to eat – commending hard work; and that after all is said and done, after the sweaty days and sleepless nights of hard work, we all will return to dust – commending humility irrespective of our failures and successes. Everyone has a timer, focus on what is truly important.
Secondly, listen to Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT)(shortened): “Teacher, which is the most important commandment… Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind… A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
While you are running to win in 2021, what effect will you have on those around you – the elderly, your mates and younger ones, the poor, widows, orphans, the disabled and the sick, the abused and the oppressed. How will you impact all others that you come across in 2021? Hope you will give a helping hand with love to the needy.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the empowering fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you in 2021, Amen!