20 things I learned in 2020

  1. Experts sometimes don’t agree.
  2. A presidential race can turn at any moment.
  3. The word “pivot” is way overused.
  4. Normal has left the building.
  5. Losing a loved one will change you.
  6. Security is a myth.
  7. The church can meet in a drive-in theater.
  8. People will believe anything you tell them if enough other people believe it too.
  9. We don’t like being told what to do.
  10. If you aren’t operating online as a business you are a dead duck.
  11. We have a stubborn refusal to allow this pandemic to teach us.
  12. Shallow roots lead to toppled trees.
  13. Shallow people lead to toppled lives.
  14. Quarantine people for an extended period of time and they will make news happen.
  15. People will lose their minds if you mess with their sports.
  16. Our government can come up with billions of dollars for stimulus packages with no real way to pay for it.
  17. Faith over Fear is a cute yard sign that very few people actually know how to apply.
  18. My glasses fog up incessantly while wearing a mask.
  19. Who knew toilet paper was so valuable a commodity?!
  20. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

5 Holiday Tips

  1. Pick up a physical Bible and read one scripture a day. The rustling of the pages between your fingers will warm your soul and nourish your heart. 
  2. Write a handwritten note to somebody with words of sincere encouragement. The act of writing something and delivering it is one of the most powerful ways to impact someone.
  3. Drive slower, everyone is in a hurry so take your time. Why test your stress, leave knowing you will take longer to get somewhere. 
  4. Take rest breaks, like the ones runners take when they are running fast. If you are out of breath, stop and breathe, this sounds so simple yet the drive of the season can leave you breathless then before you know it you will have lost your mind. 
  5. Feed your mind healthy thoughts vs toxic thoughts. Turn off the election news, tune into life-giving news. Jump in the river of gladness and joy, it’s always running and inviting you in. 

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