Isn’t it weird that 2020 seems so out of control? Does this mean that God is preparing us for the end times, or has he officially got the ball rolling on that? Is this just another year that we will look back at and say, “boy that 2020 was a crazy year?” or will we forget this year even happened except when it’s brought up in conversation or on the History Channel? Is 2020 a year of correction from God designed to remind us that He’s still in charge?
I’ve asked all of these questions and I think I have the answer to them all and the answer is probably…YES!
I have to admit that I’ve not been a very good 2020 team player. I’ve struggled with believing much of what I’ve heard regarding the COVID-19 stuff, I completely blew off Murder Hornets and though I detest racism, I’ve not personally joined in on any protests. I’m trying to tune out the news and social media noise and I’m really focusing on my faith, family and work. I can’t decide if by focusing in on my little circle of influence, if I’m part of the problem or part of the solution.
From the standpoint of the church, this year has been very interesting. For many churches 2020 has been tough financially and certainly problematic when it comes to engaging their people. Online preaching and giving just isn’t has popular and trusted for some folks. For churches like mine, this year has been a year of quickly learning how to move from brick and mortar to a video screen. Many churches already had the foresight to have an online campus in place prior to Covid-19 but some of us were just needing a little kick in the pants to get this going and that’s exactly what happened with us.
On a personal note, I have moved from being primarily focused on leading a team of volunteers to being focused on teaching kids online. In a very short amount of time, I’ve become very comfortable in front of a camera and I’m actually reaching kids with the Gospel that I would not ordinarily be able to reach, and I’m THRILLED about that!!! At the end of the day, sharing the Gospel is my purpose in life so this whole transition has been great in that regards.
For three weeks our church has been open with partial children’s ministry and many social distancing restrictions, however this week, our church opens up completely with fewer social distancing restrictions and full children’s ministry. I’ve had precautions put in place such as temperatures taken, hands washed and everything wiped down and sanitized continuously. So far, no issues! Oh and we have hand sanitizer everywhere…you could literally bathe in it if you wanted to. To say the least I’m very excited about opening up fully. The way we figure it, if people are willing to get out to come to church, then let’s preach the Gospel and trust that God has it all under control. I’ll let you know how it went in a couple of weeks.