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Was 2020 Necessary For You? What About 2021?

New Years Devo 2020

I think many of us would agree that 2020 was not much fun but may have been necessary. I know I learned a lot about myself over the last 10 months of 2020. Starting with my impatience with uncertainty and inconveniences.

The greatest discovery for me is that I am impatient when it comes to those things out of my control and talking with many of you, so are you. Therefore, I think we all need to be reminded of James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

This passage gives me and hopefully you, the right perspective concerning the possibilities of patience. We need to remember that God is working through the very thing that may be causing us to be impatient. From a difficult person at work, to a headstrong child in the home, or maybe a person driving in the wrong lane or even through a virus, He is fully capable of using whatever to bring spiritual maturity to our lives.

To make this point, the apostle Paul writes, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

He always lived his life in the context of God, realizing that everything that came into his life was an opportunity for God to work in him and through him. He desired to grow in his faith while overcoming obstacles that could potentially wreck most people’s faith. He is a perfect example of a mind-set we need to have throughout and beyond 2021—virus or no virus.

So, as you and I look to 2021, let’s allow God to mold us into the imagine of His Son. We will be so much the better for it and so will those around us.

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