In this blog series, Pastor Kevin Dixon shares his memories and lessons learned from growing up in Minnesota where winters are long and sometimes severe. So many of those life lessons are relevant to the COVID-19 crisis and “Safe at Home” way in which we find ourselves living now. This entry is the final in our series.

Any season can be an exercise in learning. Winter has a way of teaching us in harsh ways. Yet, there are great lessons to be learned. 

Winters in the Upper Midwest, where I grew up, are often tests of endurance and perseverance. I must admit, I sometimes hated winter. It was way too long and stubborn. Still, those winter seasons gave me perspective and the capacity to endure during rough times. 

Perseverance produces something in us. Enduring builds character and gives us the ability to take our momentary troubles a little easier.

James 1:2-4 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

So, don’t curse the winter. It can teach us if we are willing to learn. And, the harsher the winter, the sweeter spring becomes. There’s nothing like a May afternoon when you can sit outside and listen to the birds without a cold breeze. 

As our pandemic season comes to a close, don’t miss the lessons learned. And, don’t let it ruin the season that follows.


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