Happy New Year to you!
2020 has been one for the books. For most, it was an absolutely amazing year. For From A to Z, it was an absolutely amazing year. The unthinkable, unimaginable & unattainable happened. Check it out:
- Our vision became clear. 2020 exposed hidden agendas, motives and desires within our hearts. It forced us to “quarantine” & take inventory of who we think we are, who The Lord has called us to be & what The Lord has called us to do.
- We found our swag. You don’t realize that you’re walking in your destiny until you stop walking. Culture convinces us that the moment we stop walking, we stop trying … we quit … we give up. The Lord tells us that the moment we stop walking is the moment He fills our cup, gives us a place to lay our heads, and guides us along His path to still waters (Go away, OSU fans).
- Tradition no longer has a voice. What we used to do every year has now shifted. This is actually a fantastic thing! Too often we reject what’s new due to our unfortunate inability to see past traditions. Tradition tells musicians & creatives that they have to desire the spotlight in order to “make it”. Tradition tells musicians & creatives that they have to do “whatever it takes” to make it. Tradition tells musicians & creatives that they have to get their art seen, heard and into the hands of the people that can help move their career forward. Guess what? Bye Traditions.
Opposed to what media outlets speak, 2021 is not new. Here’s what we mean: There is no “new” thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). What will happen this year would have already happened in a time that is unknown to current Americans. Time is an interesting subject that we will discuss in a later journal, but for now we will leave you with this:
“Your Past is ahead of you, & your future is behind you.”
Friend, you’ll see what you’ve seen again. Think about it - how many times do you realize a youth is wearing what you wore as a youth. Or those gross grandma Christmas candies hitting the shelves again. Maybe you’re seeing those expensive gator hats your dad wore when he snagged the neighborhood. Do you understand? Maybe you feel like you’ve missed an opportunity in the past. That opportunity (or something even better), will rise again.
For this last section, let’s talk about 3 things you should start doing in 2021.
- Take Inventory. Spend a few moments outside in the cool of morning talking with The Lord about who you think you are, who The Lord has called you to be, and what The Lord has called you to do. Do not let your age become a bias. Wether you’re 14 years old or 87 years old (Grandma I do hope you’re reading this), you can receive guidance and wisdom from The Lord; either for yourself or for someone else. A helpful resource we use is a paid app called “GoodNotes”. We have an iPad 12.9 inch with an Apple Pencil. Check out an example of Zach’s inventory
- Reorganize Your Time. No one realizes the amount of time that’s wasted until they physically track it. Interestingly enough, no one wants to track it lol. I have a goal to completely give up playing video games this year. Believe it or not, I spent some odd 728 hours playing video games in 2020. 2 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. That is a LOW estimate, too :/. Reorganize your time to fit what’s important, AFTER you take inventory.
- Celebrate. Ungratefulness has become a staple in our culture. We’re never satisfied *in my Hamilton voice*. Ask anyone around you and they’ll say 202 was the worst. I bet you turned your lip after reading the first sentence of this blog. If you believe that God is inherently good, and everything that He does is good, then what we go through is… yep… GOOD! Like diamonds, baby. Celebrate the cleansing. Celebrate the burning. Celebrate the planting, growing, reaping and sowing. For those of us in Christ, everything that we go through is inherently good. Now let’s celebrate the goodness of The Lord in us, through Christ Jesus.
Hopefully this encouraged you to action. If you didn’t read that entire thing and just want a summary, here’s the scoop:
2020 was a good year, even though culture says it was terrible. 3 amazing things happened to us last year, which were: Clear Vision, Swaggalicious, & the Destroying of Traditions. The 3 things you should probably start doing in 2021 (if you’re not already), are: Take Inventory, Reorganize your time, & Celebrate.
We love you, and let us know if there’s anything that we can pray for you about!
- From A to Z
Ps. We have a pretty big announcement coming on Jan. 8th, so be on the lookout for that!