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In a Greater Way

“Some of the things you’ve lost in your life, God is not going to bring back in the exact same way. He is going to restore them to you in a greater way than you’ve ever seen them before.”

-Steven Furtick

New Year’s Eve Encouragement

New Year’s Eve. The day we say goodbye to the year that was, and prepare to say hello to the year that will be. A time to reflect, and a time to look ahead. This year was like no other. (Granted, you could say that about every year but, yeah…2020.)

It’s safe to say many, if not most, will be eager to forget about this past year and move forward to whatever may be ahead in 2021. I understand, as this was a very difficult and challenging year in many ways, here. If it was a rough one for you, I am so sorry. Losses have been plentiful for so many – whether it has been loss of life, employment, activities, etc.

But, as we start to fix our gaze upon the seemingly “can’t be any worse” year ahead and the hope of a better 12 months to come and try to just sweep 2020 under the rug…I’m going to challenge you to do something.

Think about what you can take with you from this past year. As in, focus just for a few moments on what you’ve gained or learned or been blessed with in 2020. The list might be short, I get it. But, my guess is there’s something you can put on this list.

Something you’ve made it through this year has made you stronger. Something you learned about yourself can be used for good. Something you gave of yourself will be returned, with interest. Something you struggled with will be used to help others, through your experience with it. Your hardships will lead to healing and your story might just be the very thing used to bring breakthrough to someone else’s life, someday.

This isn’t being written to say everything’s alright or that we should all just be fine. Just wanted to encourage you today, because I still believe everything happens for a reason and I believe the tough times in our lives are ultimately used for a greater glory. And, in the end, it is well.

Happy New Year to you. May 2021 be the best year of your life.

Life

Life is like driving down the road.

Sometimes, the path is straight. Sometimes, there are twists and turns.

Sometimes, you love the ride. Sometimes, you hate it.

Sometimes, you hit the gas and go full speed. Sometimes, you have to hit the brakes and stop.

Sometimes, you know the way. Sometimes, you need directions.

Sometimes, you can’t wait for the trip. Sometimes, you dread it.

Sometimes, it’s an easy trek. Sometimes, it’s a nightmarish commute.

Sometimes, you can make the pass and take the lead. Sometimes, you’re in a no passing zone and you have to follow.

Sometimes, the car drives like a dream. Sometimes, it breaks down.

Sometimes, you’re on cruise control. Sometimes, you’re white knuckling it just trying to stay on the road.

Sometimes, the destination is known. Sometimes, it isn’t.

No matter what, it’s a wild ride, this thing called life. Enjoy the journey.

Good Despite the Not so Good

2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? Lots of things to put in the negative column for many folks, and I’d be lying if I said this didn’t include me.

But, isn’t it interesting…good has still been there to be found, through even the most difficult year of pretty much everyone’s life on this Earth.

God is good. He has been there, even during times when it may not have seemed like it. I see it now, as I start to reflect on the events of this past year. It’s taken some time for me to get it into view, but He’s starting to reveal His goodness to me from this chapter of life more clearly. And yes, it’s still 2020.

I read this Bible verse the other night and it sums up what I’m talking about, here. Praise God for always being faithful, no matter what. He is always enough!

Lamentations 19:24
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.