what just happened or goodbye 2016
2016 was a weird year. It wasn't all bad but it felt like it. It felt so toxic. Don't you hate how negativity can be so contagious and suffocating? I knew there were good things that happened during the year but my mind was flooded with the bad ones. I did 30 days of gratitude in December and that helped a little but still something was off. When I went to the year end church service, I wasn't quite clear on how I was going to put myself at ease and process then let go of the year's negativity.
Then Pastor John Gray spoke to my entire heart, in a sermon titled Recipe for Peace.
Unfortunately, you had to be there. It's not online anywhere. I wish it was so I could share it. But, these are two things that really stuck with me:
- 2016 was designed to remove the facade, to remind you that the only thing you have what is inside you. All of the turmoil and chaos was designed to give you insight into who you are, not who you think you are. God knows you, he knows you are a flawed sinner but he loves you still. (see Psalm 139) That is a reminder that you are enough. Don't look to other people or things to do what only God can do.
- You can't go where God wants you to go until your spirit has matured. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. Stop beating yourself up about what you have lost or can't find. Be in this season. Learn the lesson here so you can step higher and go on to the next level of your life.
These aren't groundbreaking messages. I hear them so often at church and in other places but the timing was absolutely perfect. In the weeks prior, I wasn't sure that I could muster the strength to move on from 2016, in a positive way. I thought I might be too scarred and broken. But almost in an instant, that sermon brought me back to myself.
I love the transition from one year to another.
I take New Year VERY SERIOUSLY. People like me catch a lot of flack for being all "new year, new me." People find us annoying, for whatever reasons. But that has never stopped me. The way I see it, that clean slate feeling is important. If there was ever a time to be ambitious about making changes in your life and to be seduced by the possibilities of what is to come— New Year is it.