I was scrolling through my social media this morning, and I saw this quote; ” The end is the beginning.” It sounded a bit weird at first, but I took some time to think about it and it made perfect sense to me. The end is indeed the beginning, the end of a thing is usually the start of another. The end of a habit begins a new pattern, old relationships die, and new ones emerge. The end of a year leads us into a new year, and this time, it’s not just the end of a year, it’s the end of a decade and a brand new decade is upon us.
Whenever a year is about to start, I usually feel pressured, I count my losses, wins and use them to create new year’s resolutions or goals. However, this year is a bit different for me. I’m not so crazy about my losses in 2019. In fact, I’m more focused on my wins from the previous year and what God will do for me in this new year. This article is not a self-help new year’s resolution type thing; I’m just going to share a little bit on the energy I’m channelling towards my 2020.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS.
Year in, year out, I made new year’s resolutions and promised myself I’d cut back on somethings and sometimes it worked, most times it didn’t. However I have figured out something that works and it is to focus on the things you want to achieve and not necessarily what you need to change. Most importantly, YOU NEED GOD. God has been the way I’ve made it through, jumped every hurdle, and still stay sane. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:6’. Committing your year to God and involving Him in every step works all the time, bearing my heart out to God, laying my plans before Him and telling Him it’s okay if He needs to change anything. Life with God is peaceful.
At the end of every year, I take stock of my year, review my goals and see how close or far off I was to achieving them. Of course, I can review them because I took time out to write them at the beginning of that year. ‘Write the vision, make it plain so that he a runner can read it (CEB translation). Habakuk 2:2’. I prioritize writing and taking stock because that’s the only way I can effectively keep stock of the goals on my heart and dreams that God has given me. My success rate at the end of the year becomes the foundation of my new goals. I also learnt to set realistic goals and break them into tasks and daily to-dos; success is a daily habit.
BLOW YOUR MIND
‘God can do exceedingly abundantly above, and beyond all, we ask or think, according to the power at work in us. Eph 3:20(paraphrased)’. Often times, I have to remind myself consciously not to limit God. My father is not one to be put in a box. He created the Universe, what can’t He do? He caused the light to shine out of darkness, and He is limitless. Whenever I’m setting goals, believing for something, or just going about life, I try to remind myself that consciously that nothing is impossible for me because nothing is impossible for God. This right here is my energy for 2020.
DO THE WORK.
A phrase I learnt early in life is ‘Work as if you’d never pray, Pray as if you’d never work. It has helped me maintained balance. This last year, I understood on a larger scale that value is the currency of the world. ‘Faith without works is dead, James 2:14’. You need a miracle, what is the resource God can breathe on? More than ever now, I understand that for me to stay relevant, I need to add value to myself and the world around me.
LIVE IN THE MOMENT.
I used to be a very futuristic person, planning my next move before the end of my current assignment. I realized that not only did it rob me off memories, but I also was grossly unhappy, and disappointments hit harder because life won’t always go the way you want it and that’s just life. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.
One of the statements I dislike so much is ‘It could have been worse.’ Maybe I’m not too fond of it because it’s true or because some have it better, I’m still yet to figure it out. At the core of my dislike however is a conviction that that statement is the truth, the whole truth and absolutely nothing but the truth. No matter how bad a situation is, some have it worse, and I need to be grateful even when it’s hard because everything works together for my good eventually.
I wish you a blissful 2020. Don’t tighten the world to your chest, Smile more, Don’t take disappointments too personally, God loves you(nothing in the world can change that). I started a Bible in a year plan on youversion Bible, you can join in by clicking on this link.
Would you read the Bible plan, Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel, with me?