I was watching a college football halftime show and one of the analysts was lamenting to extent to which Covid-19 had upset normalcy in society and particularly its impact on the unencumbered play of college football. Like the rest of us are impacted, all players, coaches, fans, and schools have been affected. The schools with big-time programs also have experienced major economic hits as their football programs provide millions of dollars in revenue. Taking a stab at humor, there was a paper shredder on the table and the analyst making the complaints started shredding pieces of paper with the year 2020 emblazoned in bold letters.
For certain, 2020 has been a tough year around the globe, but before it passes into obscurity let’s not ditch it before looking to see if there are lessons we can glean from it. Here are a few thoughts:
- It’s not 2020’s fault. Sure, there is symbolic blame we can cast on it, but when the clock reaches 12:01am on January 1, 2021 we will face the same challenges as we did in March 2020. It was only a year ago when we were looking forward to saying “Happy New Year” as 2019 came to a close. While there may be light at the end of the tunnel because of the pending availability of vaccines, it may be mid-summer before we have universal availability in this country, not to mention other countries around the world. The challenges of economic and emotional recovery will loom large well into 2021…and there are no guarantees, which brings me to the next point.
- If nothing else, this experience, hopefully, has taught us and continues to teach us that we don’t have the control over our environment we thought we had. Scientific and technological advances combined with the relative wealth of living in a “1st world” country can create an illusion of sovereignty, unlimited personal agency and even arrogance. Nope! No matter how far advanced we become, there have always been historical events beyond the control of persons, individual and collective wealth, scientific expertise, and governmental strength that remind us that we are neither transcendent nor unlimited. Perhaps it was just our time. This alone should humble us…and keep us humble.
- The only tests of resilience are difficulties. Endurance is only needed when there is something to overcome. This past year has required, of all of us, resilience and endurance. For some, it has been more so than for others. Still, I suspect it will continue to be so as we try to recover, adapt, and move forward. And perhaps the resilience and endurance we’ve had to demonstrate in 2020 will give us confidence for whatever we may face in the future.
So, before we throw 2020 away into the dustbin of forgetfulness, let’s take time to see what else it might say to us that can actually help us in 2021. May the new year give you clear eyes to see and fresh ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
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