Happy New Year! It’s a little hard to believe it’s 2020. It’s interesting to see how filmmakers imagined this year. Edge of Tomorrow—that Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt movie no one remembers the actual name of—imagined a world where aliens invaded Earth. Annihilation Earth begins in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and ends with pieces of Earth floating through space. A Quiet Place wipes out most of the planet’s human and animal population by creatures who attack anything that makes a sound.
For some reason, the future (now our present) didn’t fill people with much hope. Is it easier to imagine that things get worse rather than better? All the advances in technology and comforts in life do nothing to increase our longevity on the planet according to them.
I think 2020 is a year of opportunity. When we refer to perfect eyesight, we say someone has 20/20 vision. It’s a measure of visual acuity—which is clarity or sharpness of vision.
What a great thing to consider at the start of a new year. What are you hoping to achieve this year? What are you passionate about? What do you need to say ‘no’ to, in order to say ‘yes’ to something else?
For The Salvation Army, 2020 is an invitation for us to collectively sharpen our vision, to clearly articulate what we are working towards—and then be strategic in our pursuit of that vision. That vision will then direct our decisions, our investments and our ‘yeses’.
So, let’s embrace life in all its fullness and make 2020 the year of 20/20.
Assistant Territorial Communications Secretary
Where there is no understanding of the Word of the Lord, the people do whatever they want to, but happy is he who keeps the law.
Ngā Whakatauki 29:18
Ki te kāhore he whakakitenga, ka kore te iwi e tūpato: ko te kaipupuri ia i te ture, ka hari ia.