Early this year, as lockdowns began and businesses were temporarily (and many now permanently) shut down, I noted the distinctive of “necessary workers.” Let me say, all work and all workers are necessary and their jobs are made noble as they seek to glorify God. We now have the benefit of most of this year and the lessons we have learned. I wonder, what is ahead? Are we prepared?

Calm down people. I am not trying to feed the monster of panic. In his 1933 inaugural address, President Franklin Roosevelt, in the midst of the Great Depression, made the statement: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

The economy had crashed. Fear and panic became the greatest enemies to recovery.

Let’s look back and learn some lessons:

1. Don’t panic. Be thoughtful. Plan ahead. Be prepared.

2. Pay off debt. Those who fared the best during the lockdowns were debt free.

3. Save money. Those who fared the best had reserves.

4. Get essential. If your job has been sitting in limbo all year, change jobs. Find work and get trained in areas of employment that would be considered “essential.”

5. Don’t be afraid. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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