Part of the series, Game-Changers
I was thinking today…
Truthfully? This is the most challenging year we’ve faced since 1990. This afternoon, one of those mischievous thoughts—the kind you really need to watch out for—popped into my head.
The best thing I can say about 1990 is that it keeps 2010 from being the worst year ever.
But that’s simply not true.
A few months ago I wrote about 1990. I ended the story at what I considered the breakthrough point. But I didn’t go on to talk about how fruitful ministry became for me as God brought healing from the brokenness. The next 15 years were the most productive years of ministry—so far—in my life.
And none of it would have happened without that turning point near the end of The Worst Year of My Life.
It’s been a rough year, and the last few weeks have been among the roughest.
But as I thought about 1990 this afternoon, a possibility dawned.
What if 2010 is a parallel to 1990? What if everything we’re going through right now is a retooling for great things during the next 15-20 years?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,whohave been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. —Romans 8:28
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. —James 1:2-6