A Potpourri of Perspectives for Life in 2020
By Ed Delph
November 23, 2020
Today I would like to pour out on you readers a potpourri of perspectives I have gleaned from others regarding life and living in 2020. You can access these thoughts on social media and the internet. Courage my friends, read on!
Life in 2020
Our first quip is about golf and politics in 2020. ‘If it goes left, it's a hook. If it goes right, it's a slice. If it goes straight, it's a miracle.’ ‘I don't have ducks. I don't have a row. I have squirrels, and they're drunk.’ ‘You heard of the saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered?" How about, "I came, I saw, I forgot what I came for?"’ ‘Don't bother walking a mile in my shoes. That would be boring. Spend 30 seconds in my head. That'll freak you right out.’
‘Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn't fit any of your containers.’ ‘Once you understand why pizza is made round, packed in a square box, and eaten as a triangle, then you will understand women.’ ‘I pretended to be asleep, and then I fell asleep. Now I'm going to pretend I'm skinny.’
‘I still can't believe people's survival instincts told them to reach for toilet paper.’ ‘I’m not adding this year to my age. I didn’t use it.’ ‘The dumbest thing I have ever bought was a planner for 2020.’ ‘Lockdown can only go four ways. You’ll come out as a monk, a hunk, a chunk, or a drunk. Choose wisely.’
Who says people aren’t creative?
‘I went into the bathroom at a restaurant. I washed my hands. I opened the door with my elbow. I raised the toilet seat with my foot. I turned on the water faucet with a tissue. I opened the bathroom door to leave with my elbow. And when I returned to my table, I realized I forgot to pull up my pants.’
Someone wrote this after the 2020 elections: ‘What a year this week has been.’
‘My kids wanted to know what it was like for me when I was growing up. So, I took their phones, shut off the internet, gave them a popsicle, and told them to go outside and play until the streetlights came on.’
‘Being a parent is like jumping out of an airplane with a bunch of people who don't know how to open their parachutes. So, you fly around doing it for them. Then you hit the ground, but you don't die. You get up and cook dinner. Then you repack their parachutes.’
‘To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man, and a son is never a fully grown man until he understands and accepts this about his mother.’ ‘Your most significant leadership accomplishment may not be something you do but someone you raise.’ That last one-liner is powerful.
Hints about Hurts
‘When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be.’ ‘Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter. Hush until you heal.’ ‘Revenge is always a trap. It's right to want justice; it's wrong to take revenge. Don't take the bait. Revenge doesn't relieve the hurt. Revenge magnifies the hurt. Before you go out to get revenge, dig two graves, one for them and the other for yourself. When you decide to get revenge, you leave God out of the picture. You take God's place.’ Thanks to Pastor Ashley of CCV for these thoughts.
‘Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside of you, weighing you down.’ ‘Feel compliments as deeply as you feel insults.’ ‘Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.’
Content of Your Character
‘God chose the color of your skin. You choose the content of your character.’ ‘Equality is about giving everyone an equal chance, not an equal result.’ ‘Altruism: Doing good for intention, not for attention.’ It takes many hours to make what you want to make. The hours don't suddenly appear. It would be best if you stole the hours from comfort. ‘You can borrow learning, but not action.’ ‘There’s a difference between being efficient or being effective: Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.’ ‘You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to.’
‘Technically speaking, Moses was the first with a tablet downloading data from the cloud.’ Corrie ten Boom once said, “If you look at the world, you will be distressed. If you look within, you will be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you will be at rest.” ‘When you pray, God listens. When you listen, God talks. When you believe, God works.’ ‘If I die, I’ll be with Jesus. If I live, Jesus will be with me. So, if I die or if I live, I am the Lord’s.’
Let me finish with this thought for you. No matter what you do, keep your joy. Why? Because 'the joy of the Lord is your strength.' If you lose your joy, you lose your strength. If you lose your strength, you can't fight. If you can't fight, you lose. Many are born to win but conditioned to lose all because of a loss of joy. That’s why forced joy is better than genuine depression.
There you go. That’s 20/20 vision for closing 2020. Until we fix it in our heart and address it in our home, nothing will change in the world. Happy Thanksgiving.
Ed Delph is a leader in church-community connections.
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