5 Things to Say Goodbye to in 2020

Hello, 2020, goodbye! 

As 2020 comes to a close, take this moment to breathe, reflect, and see where you are and where you want to be in the coming year.

But before you flip that calendar over, are there any habits, things, or beliefs that you need to leave behind to welcome the best version of you?

Say hello to 2021 with a fresh start as you bid goodbye to these 5 things:

1. Goodbye, fear

Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz once wrote, “Fear doesn’t prevent death. It prevents life.” 

When fear sets in, thoughts start to spin out of control. It could rob your peace and block the joy and blessings God has instore for you. So whatever you may be facing right nowdo not allow fear to take over the purposeful life God wants you to live. You can face 2021 with courage, through His grace!

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT) 

2. Goodbye, unforgiveness

Have you been hurt or wronged?

Then perhaps you would agree that it’s hard to forgive. You don’t need to sugarcoat that reality; God understands that it could be challenging for you extend grace to those who broke your heart.

But like fear, unforgiveness is a poison that corrupts one’s heart. The Word of God promised that there is healing for you, and you can receive that healing as you decide to forgive. Remember, time alone doesn’t heal wounds. Forgiveness does.

It’s about time to leave your past hurts behind so you can fully enjoy the yearahead  without baggage, without pain, without any residual anger.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV) 

3. Goodbye, pity parties

“I am not good enough. Everyone hates me. Their lives are better than mine.”

It’s one thing to hear these words from other people, it’s another thing to hear it from yourself. If you feel sorry for yourself again and again, if you constantly think that you don’t measure up to the world’s standards, you might be stuck in a cycle of self-pity and insecurity.

Romans 12:2 ESV reminds that you don’t have to follow the ways of this world, 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

It takes a changed mind to say goodbye to self-pity. It takes faith to not focus on what’s lacking and develop an attitude of gratitude. 

4. Goodbye, regrets

Stuck in a limbo of could-havesshould-haves and what-ifs?

Regrets are like large rocks chained to your feet – they’re holding you back and they’re taking you nowhere. God’s beloved, there is more to life than those that scarred you. You are a lot stronger and wiser now because of where you have been. If you are still holding on to regrets, it’s high time to let go.

Do not worry. Trust GodHe makes all things new! 

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

5. Goodbye, overthinking

Do you have the tendency to think about past decisions repeatedly? Do you have this habit of imagining the things that could potentially go wrong? 

You are not alone. Thinking about the future and making decisions – whether big or small – are part of everyone’s life. But if you tend to overthink things that already happened or things that don’t happen yet, you might miss the life that is in front of you.

Take your time to rest that busy mind and delight in the people around you, the opportunities in front of you, and the faithful God that sustains you. Although overthinking has to be dealt with daily, God will help you when you persevere. 

“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. (Philippians 4:67 ESV) 

How about you, what are you saying goodbye to this 2020? 

Feel free to share it with us in the comment section below.

If you have trouble letting go of these things, we are here to pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests through our Facebook page. Our trained prayer counselors would love to encourage you through prayers. 

2 Comments

  • Sharon carino

    For give my husband and take out all my problems and worry .

    • Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your prayer requests with us. We are with you in praying that God would really give you the courage to forgive your husband. Praying also that He would remove all your worries and give you peace of mind. Let us share with you the Word from Numbers 6: 24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. God bless!

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