I’m big on reflection, and as we get down to the final six weeks of this very challenging year, I’ve been pondering some of the most important things I’ve learned. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Americans were enjoying a roaring and robust economy the likes of which we hadn’t seen for years. We were in the thick of prosperity when a microscopic virus put us in a holding pattern that caused our seemingly strong system to crumble. While many of us were convinced that it would never happen, seeing just how fragile our nation — and the world — really are taught us that there are things that seem strong that are actually very delicate. On the other hand, there are things that we perceive as fragile that are much stronger and more resilient than we could have imagined. Intangible forces like the spirit, heart, and mind of a human being, which — though tender — are refined and toughened through trials have proven again where true strength lies. To that end, I am confident that the Lord is using this challenging season as a reset. As He strips away superfluous pursuits and replaces them with clear priorities and a crystalized perspective, He’s birthing new passion and fire in the souls of His children. By forging resolve in our spirits and renewing hope in our hearts, our Heavenly Father is demonstrating in a powerful way just what an ever-present help He is.
My friend, your Savior is doing something big right now! As you incline your ear to His truth and pursue His perfect will for your life, He is equipping you like never before. Though this is a taxing time, He is calling you to give attention to that which has eternal value and teaching you to filter out what doesn’t matter. As you put His Kingdom first and seek to make His priorities your own, He is crystalizing your calling and fanning a fire of divine passion in your heart. No matter where you are in life, you’re never too young or too old to make a difference, so be encouraged, renew your hope, and look to Him to do great things in each precious moment you’re on earth!