Throughout the year 2011 I have learnt many a lesson. Can I articulate them all? Can I tell you exactly at what points that I learnt these lessons? Maybe I can’t do any of these, but I know I have recognized new knowledge from the unique experiences which befell me. To describe the year as challenging would be an understatement. Still, to not describe it as tough would be to say it was a real easy one. One thing is for certain, I don’t intend to lament, nor do I intend to rehash their details.
Certainly, you must have had your share of toughness during 2011. To absorb the blame for the tragedies, hurts and destruction which occurred around and within me is maybe the safest way to look at them. In such a way, I will remind myself to embrace the lessons learnt. Still to attribute the successes, medals, and achievements acquired in 2011 to the Master of my universe is the noblest way I can be thankful for them.
Then I look deeper, I search with spectacles framed from hope, optimism and faith, and I see lessons from the hurts, knowledge gained from experiences, hope within the despair surrounding the unknown and I rejoice in God. Is that easy to do? Nah, it’s not, but I am certain it is the best way for me to embrace the new YES/Attitude with which I am choosing to live each day now.
I have chosen to summarize lessons learnt in 2011 in one seemingly simple, maybe well known verse of scripture, which to my mind captures everything I feel at this time which are currently inexplicable. It is not new, but it has become real, and more meaningful to me, almost more than ever. Hebrews 13:5-6 proclaims: “Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you,’ so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”
So much has occurred; still let it remain chronicled within my memory for the sake of mental journaling. All I will say is God has lived up to His words for me. He has cancelled debts, paid my bills, taught me humility, lifted me from the mire, provided a nest for resting, made real my dreams in double fashion, carried me in times of dark despair, lifted my head when it had been made to bow down and the list goes on. He gives me hope to continue each day.
As in its final moments, 2011 fades, while in many other lands 2012 has protruded its head, I ponder, extend heartfelt gratitude to all of you who made my year what it was; the good which gave me hope, the bad which reminded me of my frailty, the ugly which sought to rid me of my internal composure, and the challenges which caused my heart to quiver in the lonesome darkness of my domain. Today, I am grateful that I am alive, well, and hopeful. Regardless of the losses, I foresee the hand of God holding me up in its palms, and keeping me steady. I see his light pointing me to the cross of my redemption, and I affix my eyeballs on the redemptive Victor Christ Jesus Himself, thus 2012, will be the continuation of a newness that is happening within me. Let God be praised. A Happy and Blessed 2012 to YOU and YOURS in JESUS name. Given any thought to what you learnt in 2011? Does it even matter? Let God Arise…