Philippians 3:13 (New King James Version)
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
I lived through so much this year. Sickness, loss of loved ones, bills, disappointments and the list can go on and on for all the bad things. If you are reading this, there is no doubt in my mind that you have survived some issues too. There have also been moments of pure joy as I watched God move on my behalf and others as well. I still am amazed at how this year seemed to have flown by and we are facing yet another New Year’s Eve! There have been changes this year, some good, and some not so good. I have kept to some of my resolutions for 2011 and some have fallen so far by the wayside that I don’t even remember what they were and why I made them in the first place.
As I reflect on the changes that 2011 brought us, I am grateful. One important decision that we made as a family was where to worship. A family discussion revealed that we needed to move. We spent some time visiting other churches and it was amazing to me how collectively, we would say after each visit that this was not the place for us. We went to visit where we worship now in August, and actually have not visited anyplace else. We all were happy when we left after that first visit and as a family, we joined in October.
What has made me the most grateful is that we did it together. This is the theme that radiates with me in reflecting on where I have been and where I am going. Doing it all together, in love, with friends and family is what counts the most. In May, we lost my cousin, Karen, unexpectedly. Since that time, the extended family has drawn together and talk more often via phone calls and interactions on Facebook and support each other through good and bad days. We are actually planning a long overdue family reunion in August 2012. I hate that tragedy sparked the need to come together, but it has happened regardless of why.
I have decided that this year, I will not make any resolutions. The only statement I will make about my life is that I want to be in the will of God more than ever before. For me, I have to go higher in my worship, my praise, my giving, my faith in standing on His Word and being faithful to His work and will. I am in a new place of worship and a new place of purpose. It is way past time to stop playing games with myself about my destiny. I want to use my gifts to influence my children and everyone I come in contact with to use the opportunities that are God given to build up His kingdom.
Time is surely marching on for us all. I don’t want to waste anymore of the time that is given to me worrying over things that really won’t matter in the end. Who is talking about me, who doesn’t share my point of view, who doesn’t understand that I must do what God says do cannot be what I focus on. I cannot change a thing about 2011. That part of my life is over. I can use the experiences to guide me as I enter into a new year. The hurts and disappointments of yesteryear will not interfere with what God has planned for my tomorrows. Pressing forward means I release the past. Today, I choose to let go of everything that is weighing me down. My mind is now focused on where I am going and how to get there. I believe that with God on my sides, in 2012, the impossible will happen.
Doors will open that were shut until now. Doors will shut that needed to be closed a long time ago. My family will not lack. I will be healthy and pain-free! Projects started will be finished. God will have His way in my life!
Believe the same for your life. God has blessings tailor-made just for you! Know without doubting that your circumstances won’t always be like this and stand firm on His promises! A new day and a new year is coming! I’m pressing forward and reaching out to all the new that God has for my life.
God, it’s you and me for 2012! Nothing more, nothing less! Game on! In Jesus Name!! Amen, amen, and amen!
May God bless you to have a new year so full of blessings you will have no other choice but to share them with others!
In 2012, Victorious Living is What I Will Do!