2020. Twenty-twenty. What a great number for a year. Also reminds us of vision – 20/20 is the clearest vision for most people. However, in looking ahead into 2020, my vision is 10/15 at best and maybe 0/0.
The year started with me coming down with a cold as soon as we got home from visiting family for Christmas. Being a man, I sucked it up, toughed it out and did everything I needed to do. Right? Wrong!
Betty was the one who sucked it up, toughed it out and did everything I usually do while I wallowed in my misery. She made me oatmeal, washed dishes and took Jessie out in the cold morning and cold evenings to do her (Jessie’s, not Betty’s) business.
The reason we go out with Jessie in the morning and evenings started when she was a little puppy. Since we live in a land of hungry coyotes and hawks, we had to be present to protect her when she was little. Ever since, if we’re home she won’t go out unless we go with her.
We don’t make resolutions, but we are committed to being as active as we can during the coming year. That includes taking Jessie for a walk almost every day and doing some exercises. When you get to our age (74), it takes a little extra work to keep the engine going and the body in reasonable shape. We only want to live as full a life as we can for whatever days we have left.
We’ll continue to be available to our church to serve in any way we can. Like any church, we have plenty of people who are struggling with different issues. Our help is simple – turn to the one who created you and loves you the most, Jesus. We don’t promise healing, but we do promise that he will be with them through even the most difficult circumstances.
What will happen in our world, we have no idea. We both hate election year which seems to stretch into two or more years. Normally, I don’t want this blog to be political, but I will say that Iran is the world’s schoolyard bully. And sometimes the only thing a bully understands is a punch in the nose. I pray things won’t get worse, but there are plenty of evil people in the world and they respond only to strength. Appeasement only emboldens them.
Finally, no matter what 2020 brings, I’m confident of only two things.
First, I am blessed to go into this year with Betty as my partner. No matter what the year brings we will stand together to face it.
Second, my highest priority is my relationship with Jesus, my Lord and Savior. He has never promised me anything except his constant presence in my life and the promise of spending all of eternity with him.
For me, those two things are enough.