Looking Back - Kelvin Beachum

Two years ago, my focus and theme for the year was the idea of uncertainty. I can look back on that now and see how God was using this theme to prepare me for what I needed to be ready for in 2020. 

Whether or not I’ve passed that test or not is to be determined; only God is the judge of that. But as I look back at 2020, uncertainty, which filled every area of our lives this past year, was already on my heart and mind. I had no idea what this year was going to hold — all of the changes and unknowns that riddled the NFL season, my family not being able to come to any games, not being able to go home to visit family, no bye week, and all the adversity that we’ve faced here in Arizona. It was a very different year for everyone. I wasn’t prepared for it, but little did I know that God was preparing me to at least know how to withstand this. 

The year 2020 hammered home the truth that we should take every burden to God, no matter what it is. In Psalm 121:1-2, God’s Word says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” We have to look to the hills while we’re in the valley because, on our own, we’re incapable of understanding what to do or why we’re experiencing what we are experiencing. But what I’ve discovered is that there is blessing in uncertainty. Uncertainty has brought me closer to God and it’s driven me deeper in His Word. 

This year there’s been a lot of virtual experiences. With church being virtual for our family, it’s allowed us to learn from a variety of different pastors around the country, as we’ve tuned into services in Atlanta, Texas, Pittsburgh and others. For our kids, it’s been important for us to show them that we can praise God no matter where we are or who we are with. Whatever the circumstances, we have every reason to praise Him.

In addition to church online, I’ve been able to go through a Bible study with one of my college classmates. As we have been going through the book “Kingdom Stewardship” by Tony Evans every Monday, we’ve both been so encouraged by our conversations and the chance to push each other to be better stewards — not just of our money, but of our time, our resources, our discipleship opportunities and our sphere of influence. It’s been a special time of learning and growth. It’s been interesting, fun, challenging, exciting and hard. You name a certain emotion, this year has provided it.

If you’ve come out of this past year without growing or learning anything, you’ve missed out on a very important opportunity, one that I’m not sure we’ll experience again in our lifetime. You have to find ways to grow and mature. The opportunity is there for the taking. Every day counts. I try not to look too far ahead, but instead live and learn in the moment. Take each month, each week and each day at a time and hand it over to God. 

Kelvin Beachum, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman

Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here.

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