I was taking a walk the other day as I do most every morning. As I passed two ladies coming toward me, I heard one of them say, “Best year ever? Hah!” I wasn’t sure what inspired her to make such a snappy statement to someone she didn’t know. Was she talking to her friend? No, it was me. She spoke up as she passed. She was reading my t-shirt.
OK, I have this old shirt that I wear all the time. It’s ragged and faded but comfortable and I love it. It celebrates the 2008 football and basketball seasons of Kansas University, my alma mater. I was wearing “the shirt” and that prompted her comment.
In that year, the Jayhawks came from behind to beat Memphis for the national title in basketball but as special as that was, their football team, a notorious doormat in the Big Twelve, went 13-1 closing out the season by beating the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl. Two powerhouse finishes in the same year.
Gotta admit, that’s pretty rare and worth buying a shirt to wear to remember it by.
But the lady obviously was talking about 2020 not 2008. She saw the caption on the shirt and found it more than a bit ironic that a year that gave us a worldwide pandemic and an inland level 2 hurricane could possibly be the best ever.
I get it.
So let’s talk about 2020. “What is God saying to you about making this a banner year?” The Bible recommends that “Throwing off everything that hinders” is the secret to real life change.
Consider these words from Hebrews chapter 12.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
As I send you these words, we find ourselves in the middle of Fall Share 2020. Pray that we can finish this week strong and be on our way the best year ever of radio ministry in Eastern Iowa. Thank you so much for your generosity to keep “uplifting music that changes lives” going strong in Eastern Iowa.
Who knows? Maybe your cheerful gifts will help us kickstart a revival in our community!
It’s likely that with all we’ve faced this year that we’ll never forget 2020. For many who have lost loved one’s we are saddened and pray for those who are hurting. At the same time, let’s not let this pandemic “wake up call” come and go without making changes.
May we all fall into October together with change on our minds asking God for the strength and resolve to live better making this year, spiritually speaking, “the best year ever.”
Soli Deo Gloria!