It's a brand new year, It's a fresh start. It's 2018! Again, another chance for all of us to become better versions of ourselves. Or at least try! Either way, a new year always means a new perspective, a new way of seeing things and I believe greater things are going to happen for you and for me in 2018.
I'll have to admit, 2017 was good. It wasn't an easy ride but hey, good days always outdo the bad ones, don't they? 2017 has taught me a lot of things, more than I could remember. Experience is indeed the best teacher, and I'm grateful for every lesson I learned while going through both the best and the tough times.
2017 taught me that I did not need to be liked by everyone. Surprise, surprise, I have insecurities too! (Who doesn't?) I've always been a quiet girl, and I'm more of a listener, than of a talker. And of course, whether you admit it or not, talkative people are more sociable than quiet people - much like myself. You get my point. I have those awkward moments when not a single familiar face is around, and I feel like I have to seem nice, look friendly and approachable. I feel like I have to try harder, to be likable. You might have felt the same way too. But you know what? At the end of the day, none of that matters. It doesn't matter if no one likes you, or if everyone likes you. It doesn't even matter what they think about you. You don't have to please everyone, you NEVER had to please everyone in the whole entire universe because you are accepted, you are loved not just by mere human beings, but by He who is far greater than anything else in the world!
2017 taught me that miracles still exist, and are happening every day. There was a time in my life where I almost lost all hope in everything. The painful events around the world. People killing, children dying, People being driven away from the places they once called home. Words that cut deeper than knives, Words that could not be taken back anymore. I felt that for every step that I tried to take forward, I was constantly being pushed backwards by two. I don't live a perfect life. My family and I don't have the best relationships either. And every day, I had to deal with trials of all sorts - until I was only left hanging on very thin strings of hope. But that's when Jesus stepped in. I've already said this before, but in every single time I doubt, He does something amazing, turning my doubts into trust. Turning my fears into confidence. He lights up in the dark, and He makes everything beautiful. Miracles do happen, and I've seen then happen every day.
2017 taught me that it's okay to take chances. Ever heard of the quote, "With great risk comes great reward"? Fact. A few months ago, I found myself in a situation where I had to choose whether I take the risk, or not. I mean, whatever I choose, I wouldn't get hurt. Maybe disappointed, but not hurt. All the while, I was thinking to myself, "Why not? What's there to lose?" And you know what? I chose to take the risk. I chose to follow the voice in the back of my mind, telling me to just do it. I chose to make the decision, and to just hope that someday, what I did would make a difference. That someday, that risk would turn into something beautiful. Maybe not now, but it will.
2017 taught me that I would constantly be tested with my faith. We all have different beliefs, and at some point, believe it or not, we would have to stand up for what we really believe in. We could be put in situations that can shake up our faith, and by the end of each one of those, we would always be left to decide whether we still believe, or not. However, as a popular quote says, "You are free to make a choice, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice." Whatever our faith may be, we do not have any right to disrespect other faiths or force them into our faiths. Everyone was given freewill, Everyone is free to believe in whatever they want to believe in. In the end, there is only one truth. So as for now, stay strong in what you believe in! Challenges may come, shaky situations would present themselves, but if you've got a firm foundation in your faith, you've got nothing to worry about. If anything, they'll only make you stronger.
2017 taught me that all I had to do was to trust. Again, I found myself in another scenario. A scenario where I should've been frightened to the bones, but surprisingly, wasn't. Have you ever been in a situation where all you wanted to do was help, but instead you find yourself being held accountable for an offense you never even intended to do? That's exactly how the scene played out. I can still recall how our peaceful family time at the mall turned out to be something else. We can't really boast about tomorrow, could we? That day, I realized one thing.:
I wasn't scared at all. That in the midst of all the frenzy and confusion, deep inside, I knew that God was there. He was always there and there's no way he would leave me, During those silent minutes of driving to the place where we would have to face our fate, I absentmindedly pulled out my phone and guess what? As soon as I unlocked the screen, the verse of the day, "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” stared right back at me. Right then and there, I completely surrendered everything to Jesus. I knew that my God would take care of everything, and, guess what? He did. He always did. All I had to do was trust..
2017 may not be perfect, but I'm glad to have ended it with a smile on my face, knowing that everything happened for a reason. Another chapter of my life has ended, and it's time to flip the page to a brand new one! I hope and pray that the year 2018 be a better year for all of us.
Happy New Year!