The marvellous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour will not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse~ Helen Killer
We started out not knowing how high we were going to fly. We stepped forward in hope and with determination to make the most of this journey. We kept pushing because we were determined not to let this whole experience be like the past years.Without a road map but with God’s word and a mental navigation we saw the peaks and made it through the valleys.
For one i was determined to find happiness, stay focussed and chase after God on a different level. I was determined to outdo my past and be a better person than i have been over the years. My first blog this year was titled don’t change the song and like everyone who was on this journey i had moments when i felt like a billion bucks and moments where i could have changed the song because life changes seem unending,dreams seem so far away and goals seem unattainable but i did not let the highs, the lows and everything in between faze me.
Determined to learn and determined not to give up or complain i became my own pastor preaching to myself to continue, i became everything to myself from cheerleader to motivational speaker because i have finally learnt the most important lesson- people or things are not responsible for our happiness but we owe it to ourselves to deliberately choose to be happy and take everyday we are given as a gift from God and make the most of it.
I certainly can’t remember details of every single event but i go over the one goal i was working on through this journey (which is to be a better me through every experience) and with joy in my heart i can say the peaks and the valleys of this year matured me. I owned every moment and i did not let anyone rain on my parade by telling me what i can or can’t be. We are only defined by God’s word and unless they are God’s word they don’t get an opinion in determining who I am.
I don’t know what your peak and valley experiences were this year but i hope it pushed you to appreciate God, beauty and the simple things of life. I hope it revealed you as you are meant to be and helped you appreciate yourself just a little bit more than you did years before.
I know some people wanted more out of this journey but somehow events turned and they are left with broken hearts, broken dreams and broken promises. I can relate, i’ve been there and that’s one of the reasons why i like to relate to life in chapters and journey because the end of one chapter or journey leads you to another exciting new beginning full of hope and possibilities. Don’t give up just yet because morning always come no matter how dark the night.
The journey and the chapter of 2011 is about to end and we are about to start another epic season. But before you peek into the script of Act 1 Scene 1 of the next season make sure you give the last day of 2011 your best and end it on a high. I hope like me you all have plans to be in church tonight because that’s where we kick it off into the new year but above all i hope your heart find its way to God and stays with Him because you don’t want to start climbing in 2012 without a backing or a stronger arm to hold.
To the moments and the people that changed us in 2011, to friends that became family, to words that were meant to break us but motivated us to keep going, I raise my glass and i say THANK YOU.
I love you all. Lets go start our journey and our stories over again in 2012. This very moment Promise yourself to reach higher, dream bigger, grow better and take the limits off God because with Him all things are possible.
We are more than a conqueror.