As my reflections on 2020 moved from personal to professional, I recognized values took on a new meaning. We are metaphorically squeezed during challenging times, and what’s inside comes out. The pandemic amplified the values of others, either negative or positive. Leaders reacted based on their true values.
I’m exceptionally proud of the OneHope team in 2020, not because of metrics that were met, but because they exemplified OneHope’s core values. The ministry received the gift of rapid acceleration. In a three-month time frame, we accelerated innovation the equivalent of three years. Ministry partners embraced technology like never before. I’ll go more in depth about acceleration next week.
I encourage you to reflect on 2020 and examine what gifts you received this year. Perhaps you didn’t gain the particular gifts I received. If you are waiting on the Lord to work in an area of your life, you can approach Him with confidence through prayer. No matter what you experienced during 2020, during this Christmas season and in every season, redemption is always available through Jesus. You can always rely on Emmanuel, God with us.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)