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My 2020 ‘Word of the Year’ is PIVOT!

November 25th, 2020

There are lots of options for the 2020 word of the year, and I bet you can easily think of quite a few others. Some that I thought of included: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Pandemic, Mask-up, Systemic Racism, Political Division, and there are others.

However, I’ve heard the word pivot more in 2020 than in all my years as a basketball player and basketball coach. That spans over 40 years since I started playing before the age of 5 years old!!  The “old ways” have given way to “new ways” of living life. Instead of calling it a change, we have decided to call everything a “pivot” from the old way.

  • Doctors now hold virtual doctor appointments – Pivot
  • Restaurants limit seating capacity and offer more carry-out options – Pivot
  • People work from home instead of in the office – Pivot
  • Teachers learn to teach without students in the same room – Pivot
  • Students use technology for school, not just gaming or socializing – Pivot
  • People have learned to suddenly quarantine due to exposure to Covid – Pivot

All these “pivots” are really changes that have occurred in our world. However, as we are thankful this Thanksgiving, we should not forget the change (or should I say pivot) in our lives when God sent His Son, Jesus to be our Savior. I chose the word Pivot as my 2020 “Word of the Year” because Jesus has changed everything…and He always will as we put our faith in Him.

[Jesus said] “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17

That pivot by God to provide us with a Savior is still, and always will be, reason to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

Julian Petzold, Ph.D.
Executive Director

The Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School Association, operating Valley Lutheran High School, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and physical handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin, genetic information, and physical handicap in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.