I began 2016 much like I began 2015 – at church, thanking God for all his many blessings and praising Him in advance for everything to come. There were some major, noticeable differences though.
The first (and the one I’m most proud of) was that I sat in service a much better, more secure and happier person than I was as and when I sat in service last year. I sat there knowing deep down inside that I was a Christian. That Jesus knew me and I knew Him back. That I had felt His presence and heard His voice (not audibly…but you know what I mean). That I’d given my Savior more of me than I ever have. Man, that felt great.
The second difference was that I was with my mother. I haven’t sat with her in a church service since I can remember…it had to have been over 10 years ago. I invited her and she came, to my surprise. That felt great too.
The third difference was that our Watch Night service was held in a new, beautiful building that we’ve been anticipating for some time now.
Long story short, God is great and we have evidence of it every single day.
As we go into 2016, I’ve thought a lot about what I want this year to be like. I shared some of my goals for the year in my 2015 recap YouTube video, yet those only scratch the surface of what I hope to accomplish. Among all the lessons I learned last year, I learned that we really don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day much less year to year.
So for that reason, I’m not going to focus on a certain outcome – I’m just going to do what I do and let things happen as they’re supposed to. I already feel that 2016 will be the year that everything I’ve worked for both personally and professionally comes together. I just feel it inside. It’s hard to explain, but I’m totally here for it.
I also hope to be more selfless and pour into others this year. I’m starting with a very intimate task – being a prayer warrior for one person per month this entire year without their knowledge and then presenting them with the prayer journal I created over the span of the month. I’m letting God lead me as far as who to pray for and so far He’s given me three names. I’m really excited about this!
Even if things don’t come together like I feel they are, I’ve matured enough to know that everything happens for a reason and the reason is always for my good.