Tell me something good that happened to you in 2020.
I know there’s been more heartache and suffering than we want to think about. I’m not denying that 2020 has been a rough year – personally, locally, nationally, and globally.
But if we only focus on negative, negative will be all we ever see. In difficult times, we have to make ourselves look for the good things that are happening.
You may have to look hard to find them, but there are things to give thanks for in the midst of all this turmoil and pain. There are indeed blessings in our lives.
Tell me about a blessing you’ve experienced this year.
It’s ok if you have to dig to find it.
It’s ok if all you have to cling to is a tiny blessing. EVERY good thing counts.
Tell me one good thing…then think about more. List them on paper so you can see them written out.
Here are a few positive things on my list that have happened in our family in 2020, especially since the virus hit in March:
Emery learned to ride her bike. We’ve been trying to teach her for several years, but she wasn’t interested. Then, one evening just a few days after the school closings in March, she said she wanted to learn to ride her bike. And she did! Quickly! She hasn’t stopped since.
We walked around our neighborhood as a family in the afternoons in the spring time when it warmed up and the days started getting longer. We did this almost every weeknight for several weeks in a row. There wasn’t a rush to go to bed because the kids didn’t have to go to school the next day.
I’ve gotten to spend bonus time with my children. Time I thought was gone since they started school, and I went back to work. The virus shut down the schools and my workplace, and it was like they were little kids again, and I was getting to hang out with them all day.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s been challenging – even excruciating at times. Sheltering-at-home and social distancing from our friends, family, and church. Job-site closing. Sickness and death. Fear…
But I acknowledge that this time with my children has also been a blessing.
Typically, they’re in school. I’m working. My time with them is short. They spend more of their day at school with their teachers than home with their dad and me.
Then, WHAM! All of a sudden they’re home with me.
Tears have been shed. Tempers have been lost…but it hasn’t been all bad. This is invaluable time with them that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I call that a blessing.
I pray you are able to see the blessings in your life in 2020. I pray you are able to find some positive moments.
If something doesn’t come to you quickly, take the time to sit and think.
Ask God to show you good things you missed. Then watch and listen until you see more.