There are 65 days left of the year none of us expected.
When we rang in the the new decade, we celebrated 2020 with enthusiastic claims that this was going to be a year of vivid vision and perfected purpose.
Covid quickly changed our catchy inspirational words for the new year from “vision” and “purpose” to “pivot” and “unprecedented.”
But what if our initial expectations weren’t so far off?
In this year of unprecedented pivoting, perhaps we really HAVE been gifted with vivid vision and perfected purpose.
Perhaps in the stripping away of comforts and routines, we have actually seen the beauty of unmasked smiles, the opportunity to love our neighbors, the preciousness of gathering with community, the purity of stripped-down worship, and the sufficiency of Jesus in all things.
With more uncertainty in the weeks ahead, let’s not waste the vivid vision and perfected purpose we have been given.
We have 65 more days to love our neighbors, cherish unmasked smiles, pursue gathering with community, and relish worshipping with simplicity. There are 65 more opportunities for us to embrace the all-sufficiency of Christ.
Let’s be people who intentionally end 2020 with vivid vision and perfected purpose.
“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Ps. 65:11
My son asked Lauren Clark to be his wife. She said “yes.”
“Yes” to being the youngest Mrs. Kaser and all that comes with that name.
“Yes” to being his best friend and lover for life.
“Yes” to being the mother of his children.
“Yes” to aligning her goals and dreams and plans with his.
“Yes” to helping him to be the man God has called him to be.
“Yes”to being by his side through all the good days and bad days and all the days in between.
With her accepting his proposal, I’m saying “yes” to some things myself.
“Yes” to embracing this lovely young woman as my own daughter.
“Yes” to supporting Seth and Lauren Kaser as a separate family - connected to us, but their own.
“Yes” to giving her all the help and advice, but only when she asks for it.
“Yes” to giving her space and time to learn how to be his wife.
“Yes” to the truth that she knows a different version of my son than I do, and it’s supposed to be that way.
“Yes” to surrendering some of our family traditions and routines in favor of letting them make their own.
“Yes” to embracing her family and working to establish new beautiful relationships.
“Yes” to this new season of change and beauty and love and family.
“Yes” to it all, because I have prayed for this girl my son’s entire life. To all of my prayers, God has answered with Lauren and said, “yes.”