A New Decade
I was born in 1960. Yikes! This will be my sixth decade on this planet. I’ve always liked my birth year because it makes the math easy. And yesterday Doug and I celebrated 25 years, yet another milestone. Today we embark on not just a new year, but a new decade. 2020… When I was a child I had a hard time imagining the year 2000 and the turn of the century. Remember the hype? In spite of the swirling threats, we made it through Y2K unscathed. 2020 is the next logical calendar milestone to wonder about.
I’m dating myself but do you remember The Jetsons? Meet George Jetson…space age music… his boy Elroy….more space age music. Daughter Judy… music… Jane his wife. I loved the show and its theme song is etched on my memory. If you need a more accurate refresher here is a clip.
The cartoon, debuting in 1962, symbolized the utopia promised by technology. The Jetsons lived in an ozone scraping luxury smart home that could dress and groom them and came equipped with robot housekeepers. It was a vertical manifest destiny and one we could hang our starry-eyed hopes about our future. The cartoon producers didn’t get everything right but that is not to say that technology hasn’t changed us.
Technology has a tight grip for sure. Fandango asks me how I liked the movie and suggests others I might like. Siri knows my voice. And even understands my exasperated tone when I holler, hey Siri, call Doug.” Amazon and Netflix know my likes. And if I do any internet research, I can’t just walk away without a borage of reminders. Alexa invites my mother to drop in on me in Albuquerque from her room in Pennsylvania. Thanks to my Christmas present, I can bark at my wrist and learn what the temperature will be in Sri Lanka tomorrow… in case I needed to know that. Do you ever wonder if we keep pace, what life will be like on planet earth at the turn of the next century?
But it’s not just technology that has a grip on us. It can feel as if our culture demands that we go with its flow regardless of the direction that flow is headed. It’s easy to feel like George Jetson who at the end of the opening theme song screams “Stop this crazy thing” as the treadmill he was peacefully walking the dog on speeds up and won’t let him off.
January 1, 2020
Check it out. 20-20, as in perfect vision. What is your vision for this next year? Can you see what lies ahead? Clearly? A new year not to mention a new decade is an ideal time to establish a plan. But, I’d suggest as a Christ follower, He would like to weigh in.
As a clever spin on the year 2020 and because I want Him to influence my vision, I’ve been praying … Open the eyes of my heart Lord. I want to see you. Obviously His word provides helpful direction.
Psalm 119:105 By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. (MSG)
Word for the Year
But also, have you ever taken the time to choose a word for your year? A word that the Lord gives you to provide some focus and direction. I came across a website sponsored by Dayspring that asks you a few pointed questions to direct you to your suggested word. I found it helpful. If you’d like to utilize it here is the link. 2020 Word
I’ve found my word and would love to know yours. I’m intrigued and plan to do some deeper study.
Whether or not you utilize this tool, I recommend you pause and take a moment, or a day, or week to think and pray about your vision for the year and decade to come. Without some focused intention, I doubt you’ll be able to “stop this crazy thing”.
Happy New Year! Debbie Hucke