God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Don't let last year's disappointments derail 2021

 by Barbara Latta

Staggering setbacks and panic encapsulated 2020. Nothing like the chaos of the past twelve months has been experienced by most of us.

If we aren’t careful, we can carry anxiety from those experiences into our future.

To thrive, we don’t want to let last year’s disappointments derail 2021.

The key to avoiding this is to check our focus. In her book, Write His Answer, Marlene Bagnull issued a challenge. Get your eyes off yourself and onto someone else. In this case it was other writers who might need encouragement or help, but this idea can transfer to anyone in our lives.

She suggested choosing one of the four gospels to read and to list all the events that could have caused Jesus disappointment.

I chose the book of John and this is a shortened list of what I discovered:

  • The money changers at the temple desecrated His Father’s house (John 2:13-17)
  • His disciples misunderstood His need to talk to the Samaritan woman (John 4:31-34)
  • A crowd followed Him because their bellies were fed and not because He had the words of life (John 6:26-27)
  • Many disciples left because of His teaching (John 6:66)
  • His brothers did not believe in Him (John 7:5)
  • The Jews tried to stone Him (John 8:59)
  • Peter denied Him (John 18:25-27)
  • Thomas didn’t believe the other disciple’s testimony that Jesus was resurrected until he saw physical evidence (John 20:29)

Jesus faced obstacles and challenges throughout His life. Yet He always turned to His Father for strength. He never wallowed in self-pity. His attention was always on other people, not His own pain.

His example shows us how we are to confront the same situations. He gave us His power and authority to use when dealing with temptation, anxiety, and calamity.

We can look forward to another year through the lens of God’s eyes not yesterday’s hurts and negative events. No matter what the future holds, it doesn’t change God’s character.

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 46:1-2, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.

Jesus suffered more pain, both physical and emotional, than anyone else ever will. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit and He left the same Comforter to empower us to overcome each day’s struggle.

2020 left a lot of people with dread and despair. But if we absorb all those negative memories and give them the voice of the future, we can lose hope. And hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).

To thrive, we must leave last year’s fears where they belong—in the past. When voices shout to us that 2021 will be like the past twelve months have been, or even worse, we can shift the focus off ourselves and depressing news and onto helping someone else who may be worse off than we are. We listen to what God says about our future and not what the current climate of headlines say.

Look to the God of hope and peace. He never changes.

Can you find other ways Jesus faced disappointments and how He handled them? Join the conversation and share your thoughts.


Don’t let last year’s disappointments derail 2021 (click totweet)

Look to the new year through the lens of God's eyes and not yesterday's pain (click to tweet)



  1. What a great study focus thanks for the challenge. It will be very timely for me to help put perspective on 2020. I came through cancer, recovering slowly from from treatments and now facing 6 months of shots in my eye for wet macular degeneration to stop the progression of sight loss. Seeking God's lens.

    1. I am glad you are recovering from the treatments and that you have come through cancer. That's a great victory! I will pray with you for the issues you still face and that you will literally see through God's eyes. This challenge to keep last year behind is one I face each day too. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share. Blessings!

  2. Thank you, Miss Barbara! That was really encouraging and insightful. I think that change in perspective to like Jesus' can really help. Looking at others' needs makes us realize there's something greater than ourselves and we can be a part of that greater change in Christ.

    1. I so often need that reminder that I am thinking on the wrong things. Looking through God's eyes at other people helps us focus on His will and not our worries. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  3. Love this and the idea of Jesus' disappointments but He saw everything through the lens of God's eyes. What an example to follow as life remains uncertain but we can count on the unchanging character of God.

    1. Yes, we can be so thankful that God's character never changes because our emotions sure do! Thanks for sharing, Marilyn. Blessings!

  4. So true. He is the same yesterday and today...as well as out tomorrow.

    1. Yes, so glad He doesn't change! Thanks for sharing, Jeanne. Blessings!