Sitting at the kitchen table last night after arriving home from Bible class, my wife said something to me that’s prompted this blog post.
I was furiously typing away on my iMac about the year of cancellation (you can find that post https://thebible.blog/2020/03/12/the-year-of-cancellation/
My son began to get anxious as we discussed what’s going on with COVID-19 Coronavirus. I have to do better not talking about it in front of him. I spoke to my wife about how many things have been cancelled. She then said to me, “This is the year of reflection.”
I love that. It’s true. And maybe it’s a little scary for me and for others. But why would reflecting, slowing down, cancelling be a scary thing? It’s because we can often busy ourselves to ignore the bigger problems. It can be scary to face reality, our thoughts, and big things which really need to be addressed.
But 2020 may force us to do this like never before. I love to speak. I’m a preacher. But, the meetings I have in Washington State, Texas, and Alabama may be cancelled. I will just have to wait and see. I’m scheduled to go to California later in the year and also Illinois. But who knows what the future holds. Only God does.
The way 2020 is shaping up reminds me of a couple of Bible verses.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this and that.’” James 4:13-15
How true are those words, especially now? As I seek to educate myself about what’s taking place, I’m seeing what I think is the handwriting on the wall. There will be a huge shutdown in the United States. It’s already begun. We’re actually somewhat behind! It’s hard to type that and to consider what it may look like. But looking at China, when things were shut down, new cases began to decline.
But what about the money we may lose?
What about the missed opportunities?
Maybe, we’re looking at all wrong. Maybe we need to consider the lives that will be saved. Maybe we need to consider how slowing down for a short amount of time, will help us long term! I know, I know, that’s a hard thing to do. I’m guilty of not practicing what I preach at times when it comes to that. I can have a hard time shutting down in the evening. I can have a hard time slowly done during the weekend. Can you relate?
Why are we in such a rush? Why do so many have to be forced to use their vacation time? Why do we fill our schedules with so much we don’t have time to think?
It’s time to slow down! It’s okay to say “NO.” It’s okay to Cancel! It’s okay. Lord willing, it will only be for a limited time. Maybe the challenge is that many are seeing they are not in control as much as they like to think. GUILTY!
Yes, my wife is right. It’s a year of reflection. What if…
- We reflected more on God? Seeking Him takes time and effort. He is pleased when we do. Consider these words in Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE (emphasis mine) to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Do you want to be rewarded? Don’t seek after more followers, likes, shares, etc. Those are good but temporary and wont give you what you really need. Rather, seek after God.
- We reflected more on our Families? Marriages are falling apart like never before. What if we spent more time building up our marriages instead of our portfolios, steps we take each that our Fitbit records, and frequent travel miles? Again, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with exercise, travel, and money. You get my point right? We will be forced to slow down. Maybe it’s good to reflect more on our marriages. Focus on what attracted us to our spouse. How we can demonstrate love and care to them. How we can please them even more. Imagine if both people did this! WOW.
- We reflected on the projects we really want to do? Eventually, we will run out of time! But that’s hard for us to consider. Each day is a day of opportunity. Capitalize on it. Now is the time.
- We reflected more on our children? They need our attention. Time. Energy. Love. Hugs. Smiles. Scrolling on Facebook and Instagram is a waste of time. Do that later. Reflect more on the time we spend with our children.
Yes, my wife is right. This is going to be a year of reflection. 2020 is not going to be a wasted year as some have said. We can’t get a do over as some desire and want. We’re in it. We’re here. What can we learn? What do we need to do differently? How might we need to think differently? It could make all the difference!