What a year? I have been reflecting on this year since the beginning of December. It’s funny how much we can forget about. I cannot believe all the things I have learned. It’s amazing to me how much can happen in a year. All the memories compiled in my brain. This year was full of joy, hard decisions, laughter, and a lot of vegetables and Skinny Pop (random I know).
So this post is all about reflection. I wanted to share some of the most personal and important things I’ve learned this year.
Here we go:
1.) The unexpected is often the sweetest. I learned this year that God has so many surprises for us. Expect the unexpected from God. Expect Him to do things you have never thought of before. Be ready for the surprise! He is good.
2.) The potential failure or hurt from a risk is ALWAYS worth it. God is not safe but He is good. He wants us to take risks so He can show off that much more. He wants to use us through our risks to glorify Him. I learned that with God I do not have to be confined. He can do great things through me.
3.) I learned to walk away even when I did not think I could. This was a tough lesson to learn y I had to walk away from something that was a deep part of me. Was it easy? No. Was it the right choice? Absolutely. When God asks, do not hesitate. Better said than done, I know. I made it through though and I would not have it any other way.
4.) Being bitter gets you nowhere fast. Bitterness is like a virus or disease. It infects your whole being. It affects your attitude towards yourself and others. It affects your actions toward yourself and others. If bitterness is not taken care of right away it is very hard to remove from your heart.
5.) I learned that even though I consider myself to be a nice and kind person I can still hurt people. I can hurt people and not even know that I have.
6.) I learned that it is okay to be alone. Now, I do not mean isolate yourself from society. Jesus took the time to himself. Alone time is important, in fact, it is necessary. I like being alone just for the simplicity of being alone. It’s soul soothing. It’s freeing.
7.) Questions are good. I learned to ask questions. To question everything. To not just take a reason for being a reason. Tell me why? Explain. It’s amazing how much more you can learn if you just ask. Ask yourself, why do I believe what I believe?
8.) I learned that pain is good. It might not be good while it is happening or even weeks or years after but there is promise in pain. God uses our pain to mold us and make us who He wants us to be. And it makes the joy that much sweeter.
9.) I learned to not be so afraid. Yes, people are going to hurt you, that is inevitable. But I cannot live my life afraid to care for people. The right people will love you just as much you love them.
10.) The best is yet to come. God has more in store than you or I could ever imagine. I look ahead to 2017 with excitement and anticipation. It is a new year. A fresh start. It is the ending of something old and the beginning of something new.
This post is longer than I usually write but I AM writing about an entire year. I wanted to share a quote that I posted at the end of 2009 going into 2010. “ Most of your life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes, a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment…every part of it…will live on forever.” What was your forever moment this year? What did you learn?
I encourage you to take the time and write through your year. Reflect on the goodness of God. Reflect on the valleys and the peaks. Take it all in. Write it all down. It is truly refreshing.
I am praying and hoping for big things from God this year. And as I have mentioned in previous posts it may not seem big to us at the time or when it is happening but it can truly be a miracle. Open yourself up to new possibilities. Don’t be afraid to take chances or risks ( I’m talking to myself here haha). Life will love you if you love it back. Life is knitted by both pain and joy. You cannot have one without the other. Will 2017 be the perfect year? Absolutely not. Nothing is. But 2017 will be whatever you make of it.
I will leave you with this final quote that I adore. “The human heart beats approximately 4,000 times per hour and each pulse, each throb, each palpitation is a trophy engraved with the words ‘you are still alive.’ You are still alive. Act like it.”