WHAT JANUARY 2020 HAS TAUGHT ME THUS FAR! – KOBE BRYANT 1978-2020

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Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well in 2020 so far? As for me, I really have to take in deep breaths. Where do I start? January 2020 has truly been a month of preparation, laying the foundation for the months ahead, and in particular, positioning my mind to expect bigger. (To those that have a vision to bless many, you would know what I am talking about)

I must also mention that January has truly taught me that nobody knows tomorrow. In as much as it is great to plan for a great future, I am always, and I mean ALWAYS reminded to number my days as David said in Psalm 90:12. I will get to this very soon!

It has been said that January is the month where we prepare ourselves for how the rest of the year will plan out, what goals we desire to achieve, and staying on top of our projects. However, has it occurred to you that tomorrow is not promised? How many of us say “I’ll do it tomorrow!”. I have, and it’s only by God’s Grace that we are able to see the next day.

I remember on Sunday 26th January 2020 having ‘me time’, thinking and dwelling on many things, that my heart felt so heavy. It felt like a blur, wondering why certain things cropped up on me so suddenly, to then see one of my friend’s story on Instagram that Kobe Bryant passed away that very same day! To even add to this, another 8 passengers including his daughter had also passed…

This is what I am referring to when David said we should number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. What does this mean? In my own understanding, it is to gain a mindset that is fixated not on the things of the world, but living life on purpose and good intention. The legacy Kobe left has impacted thousands, if not millions of lives. The question I truly want to leave you with is: “how will people remember you?” – What will people remember you for?

Death is something that no human being can control, neither is it a topic we like to focus or talk about. No matter how many medications and tablets someone takes, although the body naturally works for itself, there is still a tendency that anything can happen at anytime. Don’t depend on tomorrow, for it may never come. Focus on one day at a time and don’t worry when plans don’t fall in place. It happens for a reason. Every rejection, loss, pain, tear and frustration is strengthening you.

Do you know why I can say this so confidently? Because I lost my sister in May 2018 and this is why my purpose is to inspire individuals through storytelling and book-writing. I decided to write a book to allow her legacy to live on. If I tell you, death is something that happens every second all around the world. So many people leave without informing us, the same way Kobe’s unexpected death shocked the world. At the same time, Kobe created so much attention that made the world realise that legacy is contagious and can still make an impact. Death is not a respect of anyone, whether you are living in riches or not. Kobe had a heart to serve, and it was evident to his family, friends, loved ones and fans.

When you live a life that is bigger than yourself, you will truly be remember for good deeds.

I am here to remind you to keep being a light to your world. Do not allow the material possessions, fame, or money to be the main reason you exist. You are more than resources or a title. You are still alive because someone is praying for you. Your purpose in life is not over. I believe the reason why people leave the earth so suddenly is because their work is completed. What is painful in our eyes is God’s gain. We really have to understand this before it is too late.

Do not allow anger, hurt, pain and unforgiveness to rob you in fulfilling your purpose. No matter how big or small you may feel, you have a lot to give in this world. Please do not take any day for granted. As we soon step into February 2020, let us use each day to be grateful, especially for health! If there is one thing you can be thankful for, what would it be? I will say LIFE. This is the air we breathe for free. A gift that no man can give.

To the rest of our loved ones that have passed away already in 2020, thank you and I salute you (whether I know you or not), thank you for being existent on earth. To us who are alive, well and breathing, please live a life bigger than you. Don’t hold grudges against people (as hard as this can be at times), it is not worth it. Let your legacy speak louder than your words. Help others that are less fortunate than you, and don’t take anyone for granted.

Remember, you don’t know what anyone is going through. Someone’s smile can cover up so much pain, so be careful with the words uttered from your mouth. A lot of people may want to give up, and what you say could potentially change their life.

You are here for a great purpose. Don’t waste your life, and remember to live each day as if it was your last because no one knows when God will come back for His children. Don’t only live for yourself, but live for the lives of others and create a long-lasting legacy. To get your copy of From Glory to Glory visit our website

With love,

Esther.