Jan 8, 2020
It Ain’t Over until It’s Over
And it’s over. The holidays are long gone. The long-anticipated Christmas is over, New Year’s Day bum-rushed me, punched me in the face, and kept running. I sit in the wake of the holidays with a bank account in a recession and my waistline in inflation! Men, 2020 is upon us!
Phone Focus Problems
December is not only the month we celebrated the birth of Jesus, but also the month I celebrate my own birthday. When I turned forty an older friend warned that my eyes would start to go, and he was right. Every time I look down at my phone, the world around me gets temporarily blurry when I look up.
If you’re like me, the holiday season is similar. We squint, adjust our eyes, and try to see Jesus clearly, but things get blurry as we fight to see beyond the world’s tainted lenses of Christmas. We went to the Christmas Sunday service (heck, I preached it), attended Christmas Eve as well, our family read the Christmas story from Luke 2, sent care packages to four men in active military service, and we talked about Jesus often. But we still got lost in consumerism of an American Christmas.
I’m just being honest.
Clarity Defined in Hebrews 12:1-2
In January through March I get to preach a series called, “Unhindered: 20/20 in 2020” in my home church, Yamhill Christian Church as well as Coast Hills Community Church.
“Unhindered” is a verse by verse series through Hebrews 12. The title is inspired by verses 1-2, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This series is close to my heart because it is God’s message for me.
My Theme and Yours
My theme for this year is to have, 20/20 vision in 2020— to see things clearly, and not allow the storms of this world to cloud my vision. I want to see Jesus clearly. I want to see life clearly. I want to live a holy life. I want to push back any darkness in my life. I want to passionately pursue whatever God leads me into. I want to see my Shanna’s heart clearly, as well as my sons, new daughter (as of July 25), and granddaughter.
I want to be the best version of myself this and every year after.
I will not get lost in blur of mundane things. I will focus on the things that matter and forsake all else with the help of God.
Join me and make 2020 a year of clarity, purpose, and freedom.