I was about to start typing rubbish about 2021 then remembered how my 2020 went…Lol! 😅
I wanted to remind all my ‘haters’ that I would be removing them on the 31st, never mind that I have been steadily removing, blocking and deleting numbers throughout 2020. As I started typing, I was gently reminded about all the plans I made in 2020 and how I was unable to do any of them because life happened. I realised in that second which felt like half an hour that, I could not afford to be that prideful any more.
I have realised the importance of humility in facing and planning life. In as much as there are things I want to do and accomplish, failing to acknowledge that life, health and my ability to do anything is a gift. It is by the grace of God. I, “lowered my shoulder” as they say in Nigeria.
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
James 4:13-14 NLT
Does this mean that I should not plan or stop trying? Of course not. All it means for me is, I needed to dispose of my arrogance. There are things that ill-health teaches, that other things are unable to properly convey. I will continue to plan my life, not as a right but from the understanding that whatever I can do or have been able to do, it is because God has permitted it. That is what grace means in this context. So I begin to plan and look forward to the future from the perspective of gratefulness for opportunity instead of an arrogant demand.
With my shoulders lowered and my focus right, I would like to ask you to join me in praying for 2021. After the type of year 2020 has been, I can take no chances. In living day to day, I am learning total reliance on God as I plan, and create to-do lists because most of what I have been able to do even in this year, has been by the grace of God. I am learning that when we…
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and He will help you(us).“
Psalms 37:5 NLT
Let us pray…
Heavenly Father, thank You for keeping me so far. So many lives have been lost but I am still standing. As we approach 2021, please keep me in good health, protect me and guide me, cover me and continue to watch over me. Lead me in the way that You want me to go. Help me choose wisely in all things, help me be patient and to trust Your process. Help me be kind, forgive easily and treat others like I would want to be treated. Put a guard over my mouth and heal my heart and hurts. Help me in all the areas I need help and provide in all the areas where provision is required. I commit all the things I want to do into Your hands in 2021, may they all be successful according to Your will. Help me hear Your voice louder than any other voice. According to Your promise, do not forsake me. I place my whole being into Your hands, including every second of 2021. Thank You that I am safe therein. Thank You that You have already accounted for my foolishness in 2021 and You are making it ALL work together for my good. In Jesus name, I have prayed, Amen.
I hope and pray that 2021 is a truly remarkable year for you and that you have many good things to give thanks for.
Happy New Year!!
Love and Blessings,