I stand in amazement at the rapidity in which 2016 flew by, how we’re in the twelfth and final month of the year is beyond me.
I’m fully aware that there are a little less than 3 weeks left in the year, but at the rate it’s been going, tomorrow when we wake it will be 2017. LOL
Every year has it’s pivotal moments whether they be good or bad, they will forever be etched in our memory.
But for some reason, and feel free to agree or disagree with me ( in the comment section) 2016 has had a slew of events that have not only put yesteryears to shame but it has also left me and many ready to to usher in 2017.
Two zero one six, will also be one for the books on a personal note, I’ve learned much about myself and others. Some discoveries were pleasant, others not so much, but all were extremely necessary.
As the year nears its end and most are making new year’s resolution I thought it would be great to do the opposite by discussing a few things we should all leave in 2016.
The list below is a revelation of what most of us deal with and if you feel inclined to sharing what you’ll be leaving behind in 2016 – drop it in the comment section, I might add it to my personal list ;)
Let’s do this.
I’ve touched on this topic a number of times over the last few months, and I want to revisit it once again because this is definitely one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year. Your inability to forgive is a direct reflection of your character. Unforgivness is a poison, plainly and simply put. Before year’s end forgive whoever (in your mind) wronged you, whether they’re wrong and your right or vice versa. I was able to restore some valuable relationships. They say forgive but don’t forget. I say forgive and forget, how horrible would it be for God to forgive you but not forget. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
Forgive, forget, move on and be set free.
2. seeking validation
seeking validation is up there with unforgivness, it is a topic I addressed a few times over the last few months and I want to touch on it again. Do not seek approval from anyone but GOD. In the end it will be the only approval worth seeking. You’ll be putting your sanity at risk by seeking validation from folks, and truth be told, they’ll love you one minute and dislike you the next. It’s life! Leave it in 2016!
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10
3. being purposeless
I’m a firm believer that every single one of us were placed on this earth with a purpose. Whether it be to reach an audience of one or one million, we’ve all been appointed a purpose. If you’re unsure of what your purpose is, do yourself a favor, ask God to reveal it to you and when He does (because He will) start operating in it!
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakkul 2:3
What is bondage?
Bondage is a state of enslavement. Some of us have been enslaved for so long that we think it’s the norm. Some are slaves to relationships, others to jobs, others to a “purpose” that was never appointed to them, some to other people’s opinions, the list goes on. Whatever the case may be, who wants to be subjugated to anything? Not I!
The scriptures teaches us in 2 Peter 2:19: “… for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”
The above scripture when studied lets us know subliminally that there is a way out of bondage. Let us be overcome with nothing but goodness hence being enslaved by righteousness.
When the year began, I said that this was the year I would give my all to God, little did I know that in order to really experience who He is I would have to go through some serious stuff.
This year I learned that I can do ALL things through Christ when I had to pack my two kids and drive 15 hours to Canada because my father was dying.
This year I learned that God is still the Great Physician and to trust Him and Him alone. While they ( the doctors) stated that my father was at the threshold of death, they called us back to let us know that his healing was nothing short of a miracle and that they would notify us once he was to be discharged.
This year I learned to see myself as God sees me, but he had to wreck me a little for me to see His potential in me.
This year He showed me the depth of my purpose!
There are a multitude of lessons learned, but the ones above are the ones I felt inclined to share
Two zero one seven, I’m ready!
Learned any valuable lessons? Drop ’em below.
Until next time!