Ahhh 2020. What a year! As I scroll through the posts on Facebook it is literally just one post after the other about how it has been the worst year in the history of mankind. But was it really?
Before I jump into things, I want to say that I am VERY aware of how the events of this year have affected so many people. I know that many people lost their jobs. I know that many people lost loved ones. I know that many people are struggling due to this virus that has taken the world by storm. I am sensitive to that. I truly feel for all of the people who have had a very rough year.
2020 for me though has honestly turned out to be one of the best years of my life. I landed my career job, met and got engaged to the woman of my dreams, and things have been heading in a great direction.
The last three years before 2020 had been the hardest years of my life. There were times I didn’t think I would survive it. Many times I almost threw in the towel. For me, 2020 has actually been a breath of fresh air, and a reminder that staying faithful and standing in integrity pays off in the long run.
For those of you out there that are still in the middle of a mess. As we head into 2021 I want to encourage you with the biggest lesson I have learned through it all.
No matter what life throws your way, YOU are the one responsible for how you react to it.
Simply put, when tough times come, are you going to roll over and take it, or are you going to suck it up and eat the adversity for breakfast?
At a recent event at my church, my pastor gave me the title of the comeback kid. He shared with our team that the adversity that I have faced over the last several years could easily make even the strongest person throw in the towel. There are 3 things that kept me going though.
- My faith in God- I know in the deepest parts of myself that there is a God out there, and He doesn’t want to crush me like a bug. He has been there through my trials, holding my hand and standing by my side. As long as I remained upright and took one step at a time (towards Him) He would see me through it.
- My love for my family- Anyone that knows me knows that I love my family with no boundaries. Giving up when things get hard wouldn’t just let me down, it would let them down too.
- A deep vision and passion for something better- I knew that even through my darkest days that my future held something better. Giving up would basically ensure I would never see it. Pressing through would solidify the promise of a brighter future. I shared that dream with my closest friends so that when I was inevitably on the ground, they could remind me of that dream.
So, as we enter 2021… Choose to fight. I am not talking about hitting back at the things or people that are trying to take you down… those people and things aren’t worth the energy (a post for another day). When I say fight, I am talking about fighting yourself. Fighting to rise above the circumstances that are trying to bury you. Fighting to control your mind, will and emotions so you can point them to the good things you need to focus on. Fighting to crush every thought and limiting belief that tries to tell you that you aren’t good enough and that you don’t deserve better. That is the true battle!
You can do it! Be strong. And Happy New Year!