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Hindsight is (Finally) 2020

Finally, hindsight is about to be 2020!

 

For many, 2020 was a huge disruption, a source of pain, and whatever the opposite of 'delight' is. Some lost businesses, income, and had to forgo all kinds of fun because of COVID-19. Some lost friends over politics. We all became a little less human to each other as we masked up everywhere and took steps back from social interactions.

[NOTE: Please read to the end of the email for information about the annual meeting.]

It was hard. Harder for some than others.

For me, it was hard but not impossible. Practically speaking, I have a wife that is awesome and our kids did minimal online schooling compared to many others. The church remained very healthy so I didn't lose a job or take the pay cut that many others had to. Sure, we couldn't go out to eat, go to the movies, or go to Rockies games, but all in all, I felt the disruption less than others.

But it still kinda stunk.

Now consider this: Everyone assumes that a year like 2020 is an aberration and can never happen again, but those same people in 2019 would never have thought 2020 was possible. No one saw 2020 coming, so who is to say that 2021 will necessarily be any better?

What if 2021 is just like 2020 or worse?

Saying "Don't worry, 2021 will be better than 2020" is almost like saying "Don't worry, it won't rain on your outdoor wedding." Wishful thinking, but ultimately an empty promise.

(Are you feeling encouraged yet?)

So the question is this: if 2021 is just like 2020, what can we do to have the most joy?

One way is by heeding the words from a Psalm written by Moses:

Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

The only thing I can tell you for certain about 2021 is that our days on earth are numbered, and the longer we live, the smaller that number. 

That should not make us panic, nor should it make us sad. It should spur us on to love Jesus more every single day on earth until we get to spend eternity with Him.

Each day is a gift.
Relish it.
Make the most of it.
Grow in your faith through it.
Trust Christ in the midst of it.

Learn to be content knowing that you cannot control 2021, but Jesus will walk with you through it all - come what may. 

Practical Application:
This year, when the clock changes from 2020 to 2021, take a moment to remember what makes it '2021' in the first place? Two thousand and twenty-one years of what? Praise God that a new number in the 'year' column is simply a reminder that Christ's birth impacts everything. MLK once said: “Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ will rise up and split history into A.D. and B.C. so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name." As much as our world tries to take Christ out of our calendar, we know the truth.

Ultimately, what gives me joy is not that I get to go see movies, go out to eat, or go to ball games. Jesus Christ is my joy, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). 2020 couldn't stop Him and neither can 2021, no matter what. Rest in that with me. May He teach us to count our days, for they are truly precious.

So, bring it on, 2021.

You got nothing on the King of Kings.
-Jim

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Ever had an annual meeting during a pandemic?
Us neither. But we have a plan!

 
MARK  YOUR CALENDARS:
FEBRUARY 7, 2021 / Noon
 
If you are new to annual meetings, we meet as a church once a year to:

-Celebrate God’s faithfulness in the last year and look forward to the next year
-Affirm new elders and deacons
-Approve our annual budget

We will be offering the option to meet in-person this year, but also having online voting for those who cannot make it in-person to allow more of our congregation the opportunity to participate (details coming soon). This annual meeting will be kept simple as we have 3 new elders that are long time members of Rockland and a handful of deacons to vote on (list still being finalized). There are no major budget changes and no recommended changes to the constitution, but LOTS to celebrate with God breaking through COVID to shine brightly through His people at Rockland. 
 
Questions? email Jed Burnham, Lead Elder