New year, new you

2017 was a tough year for a number of reasons. Watching the news, failing relationships, conflict in churches and other social connections have led to feelings of sadness and at times despair. There were days when I even wondered if the sun would shine through the dark clouds of discouragement, disappointment, and failure. I have often thought that life can only get better because of my usually sunny disposition, however, there were days when I struggled even to believe my own philosophy...

If you pay attention to numbers, the number 7 in the biblical sense signifies completion and the number 8 represent new beginnings which leads me to my title, new year, new you. I firmly believe that 2017 was incredibly difficult because it was signaling an end or completion of a phase in my life. Things seemed to chug along nicely, until they didn't and I wasn't always ready to accept the end and closure of whatever the situation or thing was. I always wanted to hold on to things that sometimes were not right for me because they were comfortable... There are times that we have to experience hardship, where God literally yanks the rug of comfort from under our feet, to wake us up and ready for a new day.

 And so, 2018 represents hope and anticipation of newness. Now I have always believed that you can help to write your own story and I still think that is true to a large extent. If you believe that you can achieve something, you can and if you don't, you won't. If this is true, you can also assume that we all have a measure of power and influence on whether or not we achieve our goals and maintain a sense of happiness no matter what. 2018 can be your year to achieve all of the things you have been pushing to the side, things that have been whispered in your spirit and nag at your heart yet they remain unaccomplished. Don't miss your opportunity, let this be your year of newness, step out in faith and believe that your 7 is complete, and your 8 is a new season, ordained by your heavenly father and has just begun...