Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2021

Well....2020 was quite a year wasn’t it? There was a lot of loss, a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, and a lot of frustration. 2021 has had an interesting start as well. While I’m not hear to discuss politics or just complain about how tough the year has been for some people I do want to take the time to acknowledge that all that has gone on has had an affect on us. While we all are in the same storm, we are all not in the same boat. I recognize that this year has been harder for some people than it has for others. That doesn’t discredit one person pain over another’s. We are all hurting in some form or fashion, yes some more than others, but we are all trying to navigate this thing called life. 

I point that out for a couple reasons. First of all, I point that out so that we can all learn to be empathetic. Empathy may be the single most underutilized skill that we possess as humans. Notice how I said skill, meaning it is something that we have to practice in order to get better at it. No one is perfect, but we must learn to meet people where they are at. 


I think about how Jesus set the perfect example of this throughout his entire ministry. He always strived to meet people where they were at. In John 8 he comes across an adulterous women who was caught in sin. The Pharisees and teachers of the law wanted her stoned for this act and instead he chooses to protect her, to give her grace in her time of need. That’s meeting people where they are at. He met the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria. He met the tax collector Zacchaeus as he was going through Jericho. He met the woman who was bleeding on the way to Jairus’s house. He met the dying thief on the cross. Both literally and figuratively Jesus met people where they were at. 

As we get ready to move into 2021 my hope and prayer is that I will move towards more empathy and less criticism. That I listen and show compassion to those in pain. In doing so, I hope that I can be an example of who Jesus wants his disciples to be to this world. 


A short life update from me, currently I’m still not in a formal coaching position. I’m taking some time to focus on being with my family. My almost 3 year old son and 2 month old daughter are my sole focus right now. I’m focusing on how I can physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepare to be the best father I can be for them. I always say this but hopefully I will continue to write more frequently with what’s been going on with me and how I’m striving each day to be coached in truth.