Updated: Dec 31, 2019
The New Year is a usually a time when resolutions are made and the past year assessed. It is a time when past mistakes and triumphs are evaluated. It is a time when despair is cast aside and hope is renewed. It is a time when the impossible appears possible and distant dreams are one step closer to becoming a reality. It is a time when old wounds are on the verge of healing and sadness turns to joyful laughter and dancing. Going a step further, some people traditionally celebrate the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new year by attending church or other places of worship, partying, consuming alcohol or a combination thereof. The intention here is not to specify how one should welcome the arrival of the new year. I am more interested in the significance of the number 20 and the attitude with which one approaches the new year and indeed the new decade.
The attitude and stance that is employed at the beginning of the new year and the new decade will set the tone for the rest of the year. Therefore, as we approach the close of 2019 and the dawn of 2020 it is a time to lower the burdens of the past year, learn from past mistakes and look to the new year and the new decade with great aspiration. No, we cannot forget the past or pretend that it did not happen; however, it should not be used as a crutch or excuse not to position one’s self for greatness. Though yesterday’s happenings cannot be changed, it is a great teacher for today and an advocate of tomorrow. Indeed, the mistakes and shortcomings of 2019 should be used as a steppingstone for preparing to walk into the coming greatness and successes of 2020.
According to the website http://www.biblestudy.org,the number 20 represents the cycle of completeness. Furthermore, biblestudy.org indicates that the number 20 is connected to a perfect period of waiting or labor that is compared to a reward. Therefore, 2020 is a year when those with the right attitude and stance will reap double for their hardworking, persistence and dedication. Not only will they receive all that was taken, but they will receive ‘a good measure, pressed down and shaken together’ will be poured into their laps so that they will not have ‘room enough to receive it’. However, activating the blessings that 2020 promises require belief and faith. The type of faith that does not rely on what is heard, seen, touched or felt. It requires the faith that ‘is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. This requires looking beyond oneself to something that is far greater and more powerful that anything previously experienced. It requires belief and relationship with something that is bigger than one’s self. I encourage you to have the right attitude so that you can walk into the blessings that the new year and new decade brings.
Happy New Year to one and all!