Monday, January 1, 2018

Letting go of 2017 and embracing 2018 : New year resolutions

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge the mere fact that God's protection, love, grace and favour kept us alive through 2017 and brought us right into 2018 (Yes thank you Jesus). Happy 2018 y'all!

Essentials such as one having a roof over their head, a pillow to sleep on at night and not having to endure going to bed on an empty stomach are just a few of those things that others around the globe are missing out on. Despicable and surreal as it is this is one of the many realities many face in this world today. Some weren't as fortunate and for that reason alone I'm ever so grateful and so should we all.

I'm sort of a freak when it comes to penning down yearly (to be absolutely honest also daily, weekly, monthly) goals and resolutions. I recall during my younger years penning down lists of dreams and wants for a particular year only to go through them some time later to see which ones I could proudly tick off. Nothing has concerning this ritual of mine since then changed lol. For all those weirdos out there who are just obsessed like I with penning down goals and making up lists I sincerely hope you've ticked off all if not many of those boxes! On the other hand if you've found yourself setting way too many goals and haven't ticked them all that's okay don't be so harsh on yourself we've been granted 2018 to finish off our list ;) Slowly but surely if one is willing to put in the work and sweat a little they eventually will. I'd rather walk one milestone than none at all! Wouldn't you agree? Yes it's all about progression like I said in my previous post ain't you in competition with nobody! So let's work towards ticking some more of those boxes this year √©!

For my first article of 2018, I though it'd put together a list of some things I'm saying bye and hello to this year. This resolutions' list is entirely focused on my faith/walk through 2017. Various situations and experiences have made me conclude that this habits actually contribute to spiritual growth or backsliding. I can say after moments of reflecting on the previous year in a wrap 2017 has been a year where yet more lessons have been learnt and space for improvement has been created.

1. No busy-ness should keep us away from resourcing and connecting daily to God: no matter how busy life gets we ought to be more efficient with managing our precious time. I would be lying if I said I haven't found myself on different occasions putting in second place what ought to be put first. No 9 to 5 (sometimes 8 to 7), studies, voluntary work or anything else as matter of fact should keep us away from spending time daily devoting and interacting with Abba our Heavenly Father. So my first resolution and in my opinion most important for 2018 is to prioritise and manage my time more wisely. Time is our most valuable asset, yet sadly, it is one of the things we waste the most. I don't know about you but every time I found myself loosing track with my prayer life and devotional time I eventually as time passed found myself so out of balance mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Our overall well being depends on how we maintain our spirit and soul. The rest flaws from it. Dedicating significant amount of time resourcing and connecting daily to God is what equips us for our daily trials and to do the right thing when the opportunity to the the wrong thing comes knocking on our door.

2. Pick and choose more wisely those allowed in your inner circle: inevitably we are obliged to spend the majority of our time for those who have a career with colleagues, those who study with other pupil and lecturers/teachers, those still living at home with parents and other family members but once in a while I have to remind myself that who we choose and allow in our more intimate space is entirely up to us. As Christians we are not called to exclude ourselves from the unsaved or from those living as the world likes to call it living out their best lives but yet we have to set certain boundaries for our own spiritual wellbeing. Humans are so easily influenced and manipulated by what others say or are doing. Pick wisely who you choose to open up and unload to. Choose wisely the company you allow in your inner circle and what advice given you apply. Not all advice as good as they might sound to the ear may be applicable to the lifestyle your after.
Psalm 1:1-2 specifically mentions this when it says '' Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, medicating on it day and night'' 

3.  Stand firm and set boundaries stop lending ears to almost just about anything: this is actually a follow up to my resolution number two and goes hand in hand with it. Seriously some people literally can pollute your  head with their stories. It's one thing when people confide in you and an opportunity gets created for you to tell them how you would handle or try to solve the matter differently and one telling you things just for the sake of it. People should know that you will not participate in gossips, filthy talks or wrong doings. 

4. Stop overlooking certain sins : I'm sure you've heard someone say "there's no small and big sin" before and yes this is true. No one's perfect and just like everybody else out there well sometimes I do what I ought not to simply out of negligence like thinking I'm not harming anybody by not visiting the parking meter and paying for those few minutes when I'm rushing quickly to a shop, not checking out when leaving my work building during lunch break and coming in a few minutes late to work because others do that too ( this is so wrong I know). Overlooking certain sins and not taking precautions is so dangerous. We don't always get caught but we must remind ourselves at all times the angels are watching us, the accusator is awaiting opportunities to go and report our every bad move and above all else God is watching us too. 

5. Limit time spent watching and switching on the TV just for the sake of it: continuing surveys indicate that television is on in most homes some thirty-five to forty-five hours a week. That's as much time as many people put into their jobs, more than most put into school. It's the most powerful socialising influence alongside the internet. And when we watch, we're subject to all the values that are being taught through it. That can powerfully influence us in very subtle and imperceptible ways. As a Christian more wisdom should be applied when watching television to discriminate and to select the informing, inspiring and entertaining programs which best serve and express our purpose and values. I would like to cut down this year even more time spend in front of my TV and more cultivating myself with books.

May 2018 be a year where many's first love for Christ will be rekindled, those who are in search of the truth find it, many chains will be broken,  many will be delivered and freed, where many will spiritually grow and those asleep will be awakened. May 2018 be a year where we will all pass our trials and be obedient and pleasing to God in Jesus' name!

Sealed with love always,



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