As the year comes to a close, it is hard not to look ahead to 2021.
This year has certainly been one that we would care not to repeat. As the case counts continue to rise and hospitalizations escalate, we sure want things to come to speedy closure.
Traditionally, I use the time between Christmas and New Years’ to reflect on the current year and plan for the coming year.
This planning will still take place, but it looks a little different. For the first time in five years, I did not travel outside the country or put up thousands of miles on an airplane.
I missed the travel.
For me, I started my planning for next year back in October. Work often forces me to look months into the future, except every time I blinked, another month went by.
I hope to take a three-week sabbatical in June of 2021 to road trip to some of the National Parks and relax. The vacation time is sitting idle, and after a hard 2020 and a busy first half of 2021, the road will be calling my name.
James cautions us not to look too far into the future though. He says,
“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”James 4:14
When life is tough, our anxiety and stress build-up, and we can enter a panic state. James says that life is like a morning fog – it’s here and then gone.
If we are not careful, life can pass us by in the blink of an eye. We can get so busy doing things that we stop being someone.
As we close out 2020, I encourage you to look just far enough to see tomorrow but to live each day to the fullest.
Living life to the fullest may look a little different for a while more, but don’t stop telling someone you love them or stop the things that bring you joy. Life is too short.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for a small reminder to live each day to the fullest. We ask you to bring great healing to our weary land and give us the rest we desperately crave. Amen!