“HINDSIGHT IS 2020”
By Stacy King-Chaney
EXPOSURE Gospel Magazine
It is the turn of the decade. It is 20 years into the new millennium. We closed the last millennium, partying like it was 1999. We went out with a bang and came into a new millennium with the joy and excitement. We were going to be on “purpose driven.” We were going to leave the past century behind us and usher in a new vision upon a brand new horizon. We were not going to be the remnant of a century past. We were going to become the colorful garment of a bright, diverse, and free millennium. We were going to be led by Millennials, who were going to show us how to “live in the moment.” We were going to worship where and how we wanted to worship. Beit from our bedside, in the fields, in a house of worship or sitting in a local coffee house and streaming it, while sipping on hot coffee or herbal tea. The vision for a new millennium seemed to be clear. However, as we look back over 20 years of the new millennium, we have discovered that “hindsight is 2020.”
As we look back over the last 2 decades, we can see the mistakes of a new millennium. Our purpose driven determination led us to work harder and tire more. We work 24/7 and know no holiday. We are going to sleep but, never resting. The colorful garment of a bright and diverse society has become tainted with the re-emergence of overt racism, sexism, ageism, and every form of discrimination that dullens the fabric of a free society. The Millennials, who were going to lead cannot seem to find their way. Living our best life has led us to forget about everyone else. We have no neighbor and make no friends because the social media epidemic has us reaching farther, but not deeper. We tune into the worship service of our choice from our bedside with our laptop or tablet just to have a moment, but never having a worship experience. We prefer religion over relationship because one is fake and the other is fellowship. We are 20 years into the new millennium and looking back on what it has wrought, it is clear to see that “hindsight” is 2020.
It is clear to see that it takes more than the countdown into a new year for something new to happen. It is clear to see that it takes more than dialing up into a new decade to connect with one another. It is clear to see that it takes more than religious hype, to have joy. If a society is going to thrive, it must have vision and live on purpose. “Without vision the people perish,” (Proverbs 29:18). It must actively do better to live better. It must value rest (Genesis 2:1-3 & Exodus 20:9) and wake up from its sleep. It must realize that friendships on Facebook are not the same as friends that we see face to face. Relationships must be nurtured to flourish and tagging people on a post isn’t the same as checking in on a friend.
So, in 2020 let us have better insight. Let us take a look at the 20 years that we are leaving behind to know where we need to go. Let us look at the decade that is set before us, so that we can travel the road ahead. Let us look within ourselves to see who we are and live our lives from the inside out. Let us realize that better vision comes from our insight and not our eyesight because it is hindsight that is 2020.