2020 will be a year many of us will wish we could forget about, move on from, never think about, and otherwise cast from our mind. There very well may be a collective consciousness decision by all of earth to say “that year didn’t count.” Rarely has there ever been a situation that has affected every country on the planet the way this pandemic has. And before you say it, yes, “sin” is something that has affected everyone, everywhere, but I’m thinking in terms of the physical world.

And sure, different countries have reacted differently, but everyone has reacted. Name one other thing that has caused such a universal response in history? Not even World War II touched every country, and it has the word “WORLD” right there in the title!

There’s no question 2020 has been a tough year for a lot of people. As I said a few days ago, it’s been a year full of trials which, to Christians, are described as fires which will either strengthen us or destroy us.

Speaking for me, here’s what I know…

I still have three and a half months left in 2020 and I am determined to grow, not shrink. I am determined to end this year, not by saying “thank goodness that’s over” but by saying “I really gained a lot from this year.”

I want to be closer to God on December 31, 2020 than I was on January 1, 2020. A lot of people are going to be further away from Him than they were when this year began; that’s how it is every year.

Not me. That’s not my goal, and I’m going to spend the rest of this trial-filled year achieving that goal.

What about you? What can you do, not only to “get by ” but to improve better than ever? How can we make 2020 the year the devil regrets? His handiwork is all over this year, but let’s use these last three months to make him wish he never rolled out of bed on New Year’s Day, 2020.

~ Matthew