Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

We’re about to roll over into a new year and you know what that means. . .

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

This is 2020, where all of the rules have changed. The norms have vanished like a puff of smoke.  At this point we’re wondering if we’ll be able to distinguish from where 2020 left off and 2021 began. Will the fog lift long enough to tell the difference? 

Okay, okay. . .no pessimism here. Just because it’s been a rough year doesn’t mean it’s going to continue. Sure, the whole country is in turmoil over the election. And yes, the world is still facing lockdowns and concerns related to the pandemic. And, for sure, we’re witnessing tremendous division. But there really are glimmers of hope, in spite of all that. 

If you stop to think about it, this is an amazing time to be alive on Planet Earth. In many ways the breaking news stories are better than any action thriller in the theater. Not that many of us have been to a theater lately, but you get the idea. And, hey, the ups and downs of the past few months have kept us on our toes. They’ve also kept our psychologists and psychiatrists in business. Good going there, 2020. 

But, in all seriousness, there are many things I’ll be happy to say goodbye to as 2020 wraps up. I’m saying, “Sayonara! Hasta la vista! Adios! Adieu!” to a host of problems and concerns I’ve struggled with over the past several months. Perhaps you’ll be able to say “Arrivederci”

 to a few of them, too. 

Here are just a few of the worries I’ll be happy to put behind me when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st

  • Fear: There were moments in 2020 when my fears got the best of me. I’ve made a conscious decision—hey, blame it on my faith—to let go of them. There’s a Bible verse I love that says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) The reason I appreciate this verse so much is because it convinces me that there really is a way out of fear. I don’t have to be bound up by it. I can replace fear with power, love, and self-disciple, (or, as another version says, “a sound mind”). 
  • Trauma: There has been a lot of trauma in 2020. I’ll admit, I’ve hyper-focused on it at times. I’ve stared at the TV screen as numbers of COVID victims climbed, and I’ve been frozen in place. My heart is broken for all of the families who’ve lost loved ones. I know some of those families personally. But I hope to break free from the trauma that death causes because there is so much yet to live for! I choose to look at the future as a bright place, filled with possibilities. 
  • Chaos: It’s swirling around us, folks, and it’s easy to get caught up in it. Election chaos. COVID chaos. Racial chaos. Social media chaos. Spiritual chaos. But I’m doing my best to remain immovable, even as the storms blow. I won’t allow any of them to knock me down for long. And if I do fall, I will make a conscious effort to rise again to a stronger place. 
  • A Victim Mentality: I confess, I spent a great deal of time in 2020 feeling sorry for those of us who call ourselves Patriots. We’ve been censored, discriminated against, pushed down, lied about, called names, and generally hated for our support of our president. We’ve been gaslighted, attacked, rejected, and ostracized. It was overwhelming at times. But I’ve watched the troops rally in recent weeks and I see a force to be reckoned with. So, I won’t feel sorry for Patriots any longer. We’ve heard the battle cry and have linked arms to defend freedom’s gates.  
  • Blindness: I spent many months in 2020 blinding myself to the truth of what was really going on in this country. I didn’t want to believe that evil existed to the point I now know it exists. I wasn’t convinced the bad actors were really capable of the kind of evil we’re now seeing. But I’m reminded, even in the face of devilish acts, that God is bigger. And so, I say goodbye to the bad guys. I’m on to you, and I won’t let you take this country down. Not on my watch. 

Just one last thing, 2020, and I’ve been wanting to say this for nearly 12 months now. I hope you won’t take it personally, but. . . “Bye, Felicia!”

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Proverbs 4:25 NIV

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