We have officially completed another year…2017…it has indeed, been a year. I have laughed, cried, felt alone, been misunderstood, been broken (get your copy of Completion – From the Perspective of Brokenness on Amazon) to name a few. I really can’t sum this year into one word. It has truly been a year that my perspective to situations and people have altered. Nonetheless, I want to take this opportunity to thank GOD for the gift of life that can’t be bought – He has protected me throughout. 2017 has treated me well; I was able to travel, write a second book, promoted at work, purchased my first car, and more importantly, my relationship with God has gone from strength to strength.
I have learnt throughout 2017 to fully trust God with everything in me; not having a hint of doubt. I have truly been tested on my Faith, giving and those surrounded by me; people I thought would not leave my life – again, this is all a part of personal growth. I want to encourage someone that it is imperative to assess your environment because it contributes greatly to personal development. It is easy to become too comfortable with those who we are surrounded with, that we rarely get the time to assess what their purpose is, the impact they make, and even vice versa. What impact are you making in theirs? I understood that God had to shake some things around, although it was quite uncomfortable and confusing, but how would I gain strength if I was so used to the position I was in?
I am not too sure as to what He was teaching me when I was in a stage of uncertainty, regardless, I had to trust Him in the process. I was going through seasons where my kindness was taken for granted, but I am not here to be understood. Not everyone will understand you. We are not here to please anyone but the Father who created us to Worship Him (Galatians 1:10). Wisdom: Do not neglect yourself while helping someone else. You are important too.
It is easy to want a stress-free life, but how can you grow? Look at this statement:
“How are you qualified to speak to the broken if you’ve never been shattered?”
Our wisdom and God’s wisdom can not be compared. We are all limited resources and can’t be expecting our hearts desires to fall in place. This then took me to the place of ‘surrender’. Surrounding my worries, fears, thoughts, circumstances, future plans, finances to Him without questioning. God does not need to explain anything; all I have to do is be still and know that He is God (Psalms 46:10).
On the other hand, my health was going through so much. I had to see the opticians early April for my eyes. The lady said there was a cut underneath my eyelid. Thanks to God, they were able to rectify it in time. I was losing weight, and realised I had two cysts that was taken out, but most of all it was my mind that was fighting to be free. (Just want to emphasise: people do not see the pain or tears behind what you go through – it costs you to be who you are!). I did not understand why I had to go through all of this in one year, but these words really strengthened me “Everything is working out for my good”. I want to encourage you that no matter what you are facing, until you hear your neighbours’ story, don’t ever feel that hope is lost. There is hope in Jesus.
I recall a time I lost my Oyster in November, and bought a monthly travel card that was meant to end in December. I realised it was gone when I arrived at the train station. I retraced my steps to see if I could find it, but to no avail. Instead, I remained calm as I remembered that TFL could trace where it was; but this was not the case. When I arrived at the tube station, I called TFL customer service and was informed by the consultant that the card is not registered with them so I had to buy a new card and top it up. Why did I chose not to be upset? Because it was my responsibility to either react in a calm manner or allow it to affect the rest of my day.
For the many blessings we have, there will be tests and trials. It will not be easy, but when you hold on to God, you will understand the benefit behind all the pain. I really want to use this time to encourage and elevate your spirits that all is not lost. I can’t imagine what half the world is going through. 2017 has really stretched my Faith and granted me strength to continue loving, to have patience, and not to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6-7) and just meditating on the Peace that only God can give. Having peace of mind in chaos is one of the best ways to relax – to enjoy the season and never question what you go through.
For 2018, what do you want to achieve? Have you made any plans and submitted them to God? It could be personal development – working on yourself to become a better you, to travel, set up a business, get married, be in a committed relationship, work on the way you speak and think – the decision is yours! Put God first in all you do, (Matthew 6:33) know that He is your source of life. Each and every day is a blessing, don’t allow your problems to affect where you are. Release all the negative habits that you won’t end up having the same year as before. Accept uncomfortable environments for what it is and learn from it to get better. Control your mind and start speaking life in your situations. What affects you can affect others so learn to release unhealthy thoughts.
NOTE: Everything in life does not have to be understood – it just has to be managed effectively. You don’t choose your battles, but you can choose how to react to them. Position and prepare yourself for 2018. Let it be one of your best years!
Until then, I’ll see you there!