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For many of us, 2020 has been one of the most uncertain years of our lives. From a global pandemic to social unrest to a disruption in the things we normally take for granted … we’re ready to move on from this tumultuous year into what we hope will be a better 2021.

But before we do, let’s take a look at what we can learn from 2020 and how we can utilize these lessons to make for a better future.

I see three main takeaways we can apply from this year.

1. Things are not always what they seem.

When we look back at late 2019 or early 2020, who could have predicted that the world would be in the clutches of a pandemic throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021? Yet, in the background, a devastating virus was taking root.

The same thing can take place in our lives and ministries. So instead of just looking at things on the surface or only paying attention to things that are positive and uplifting, don’t be afraid to look behind the curtain so you can comprehend a fuller picture of your environment.

This isn’t always easy, but it can help you—or your church/organization—become healthier and better equipped to handle whatever challenges come your way.

2. Planning for the future is not just an exercise.

We talk about it a lot. We need to plan for the future. We should have procedures in place or contingency plans for when something bad happens.

Yet, how many of us take the next step and actually write down or develop these plans? This goes for our personal and professional lives. Planning for the future is critical if we are to meet the challenges we can now only imagine are waiting for us.

3. Discover—if you haven’t already—what drives you at your core.

Challenging times always reveal what our priorities are and what they should be. And our priorities are driven by what drives us at our core. This year has helped us to determine what really matters and why these things should be prioritized in our lives.

In your church, what really drives you: evangelism, missions, meeting the needs of your community, etc.? In your personal life also, what are the core beliefs and goals that really drive you … and are you living in such a way where these are prioritized in your life?

We hope these lessons will help you traverse whatever 2021—and the future in general—has in store for you. As always, CIF is your partner to help you get from where you are to where God wants you to be.

Church loans, church finances, capital campaigns, and investments for you and your church … these are just a few ways CIF can help.

Give us a call or send us an email to see how we can help you today!

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