The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. aloud. - Coco Chanel.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

LET'S GET PERSONAL 2017


*edited* I really do my best not to break promises but I almost broke this one. Trying to quiet my mind so I can focus enough to write this last post of 2017 was indeed a hassle. I have been pretty excited about 2018 and when I get that excited, my mind starts spinning out of control with way too much information.

But thank God I made it...It's still December 31st in most parts of the world.

2017 was an amazing year for me. I don't recall any obvious milestones but God did some major work on my heart. Like most people, like every year, I was expecting some major life event but looking back at my year, I see something greater than a graduation or a job promotion. This year,  I fell in love with myself and God opened my mind to areas of my life that needed healing. In the beginning of the year, I remember updating my Facebook status with the post below. I believed the message was specifically for me in the year 2017. I wasn't exactly sure how it applied to me but a part of me believed it meant that my past mistakes were forgotten and I needed to forgive myself and move on.

However, half way through the year, I began to realize that it had absolutely nothing to do with my past, relationships or anything of that nature. It had to do with being comfortable and proud of who I am today and letting go of previous versions of my self. Sometimes, we hold on to certain things because they are familiar. I'm not sure why God put this message on my heart because I think I'm pretty good at letting go.lol but then again he knows me better than I know myself. I guess he wanted me to be more conscious of it. God made me realize that it's not about letting go of people or things that are no longer relevant to my growth. It's about living a life that reflects the fact that I am a new creature in Christ. 

In the middle of the year, I believed strongly that God was talking to me regarding a past relationship. I was so certain it was God that no one could convince me otherwise. I believe God wanted to use that to show me several truths as my focus was entirely on him. I was focused on God but I came prepared to hear one thing only, to hear him confirm a decision I had already made in my heart. During that period, I started to hear him speak but he didn't confirm what I believed, instead, he began to show me how I needed to move on from my past self. Truth be told, by holding on to your past self, you also hold on to the things that you have outgrown. The decision you made at the age of 19 can only be based on the thinking of a 19 year old. If God has truly transformed you and taken you through years of growth, your 29 year old self should be able to reflect that growth. Personally, I don't want to end up with decisions of my 19 year old self just because its convenient or because I'm in a hurry to see what God has in store for my future. As I evolve, I realize that because I have done the work to be where I am today, God can only bless me with a life that matches my hard work and commitment to myself.

Sometime this year, I came across an interview with TD jakes and Pastor Steven Furtick which confirmed my message for 2017. In the interview, He said "It's not where we are trying to go that is the problem, It is what we are willing to leave behind to get there". The interview was such a blessing to me and I hope you find it helpful as well. Here's the link . Take a look at your life, not the people around you but your own life and make a mental note of the things that are holding you back from the life you want. What habits or ideas do you need to let go off in order to become a better version of your self. You will find that once you leave old habits behind, the people that come with them will also fall behind as a result.

Let's discuss several examples of leaving the old self behind:
In order to redeem us back to himself, God had to sacrifice his only son and in order for Jesus to be the resurrected king, he had to lay down his life. He had to leave behind his earthly life for a greater one. There is simply no glory without sacrifice.




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