Happy New Year! I am so sorry that it’s coming almost a month late. I pray that this year turns out to be a fulfilling year for each person reading this. This year is already shaping up well for me. I have my work cut out for me spiritually, physically, career-wise and socially. I believe in resolutions, they have worked for me a lot so I have those straightened out too.
Last year was a good year for me. I know a lot changed about me especially in my thinking. I matured. I still have a lot of classes and lessons left but I love this woman that God is moulding me into. I can say that I have been a good student (all with the patience of the Holy Spirit of course) and this year I would only get better.
I want to share an early-on lesson I am going to be practicing from this first month of the year and that is to live this beautiful life I have boldly and unapologetically. I am still young and I do not know everything (its possible I do not even know much) but I have been blessed with this relationship with God that has been my saving grace, so despite the few mistakes I would change if I could, I am pretty satisfied with the choices I have made in my life so far. I have come to a point where I am one person. I do not have to suit my character and behavior or tastes to the people I am with at a particular time. I have with the help of the Holy Spirit become comfortable with me enough to be myself boldly and confidently wherever I am.
There are a number of people who think they know how I should live and act and I am quite guilty of it too. There are a number of people whom I love very much that I want to set on a path I think is the right one for them to follow. Usually the path I would pick for someone is based on my own experiences, values, desires and mindset. For all I know, we might not want the same things out of life. And even if we do, we might not achieve them the same way. God is creative enough to create different experiences that would lead to the same destination. So this year, instead of acting like I know what is good for everyone, I would spend the time and energy to discover what is good for me and what plans God has in store for me. As I demand the liberty to live boldly this life in a manner that is true to my heart, I also give my loved ones the liberty to live boldly and unapologetically their lives without criticism or judgment. As I demand not to be compared with another’s pace or choices, I also refuse to judge my loved ones based on mine.
An Eleanor Roosevelt quote I love so much says: “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
While still lovingly giving solicited, honest advice and seeking same when required, I am going to live a life that is true to myself and to the God that has brought me this far. I am going to live boldly and responsibly to the glory of my Father. Whenever you are tempted to tell someone what to do, do what I have purposed to do. Turn that speech instead into a prayer. Ask God to reveal His own thoughts to them and teach them which way to go. That is my personal remedy.
Happy New Year folks! This year, don’t let others teach you how to live. Consult your maker and live a life that is true to the dream and the picture He has placed inside of you. And live it boldly too!