Can you believe in just a few hours 2019 will be over? It has been undoubtedly a long and difficult year. 2019 was definitely a roller coaster ride with twist and turns, ups and downs and unexpected bumps beyond what I could have imagined. As for the start of the year, I was hopeful that it would be a year that everything would fall into place. But it was not the year I expected at all, it was just another version of the years before.
However, as the year comes to an end, despite everything that has happened or what hasn’t happened yet, as I heard my Apostle say, I am hoping against hope. Maybe you can relate. Maybe for you your life has been unpredictable, but that is how life works. That’s why we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The lessons we learn in the midst of challenges are all a part of the purpose and plan in which God has for us.
Here a are a few lessons that I learned in 2019:
- It is not and will never be my job to change other people
- There are people who care deeply about me, but I can tend to think I don’t have anyone because I want approval from the wrong people
- Don’t worry about the future. Eventually, everything will fall into place in God’s perfect timing
- Pain is not my fault, but healing is my responsibility
- No matter how much someone mistreats you, never mistreat them back no matter how much you may want to (Luke 6:27-36)
- You won’t grow and things won’t change until you make the effort to be different (James 2:14-26)
- Don’t allow yourself to be treated like a doormat just because you have a physical disability
- Have the encourage and self-respect for yourself to stand up for yourself against people who continuously violated your boundaries and disrespect you
- Don’t settle for mediocrity
- Nothing will be the same in a year (this too shall pass)
If it were not for the failures, setbacks, disappointments and difficulties you would not be the person you are right now. So, even through the challenges and irritation, believe it or not, it helped you to grow into the person you were destined to be. No matter how big or small the changes were, the only thing that matters is the effort you have put in for your healing and improving yourself. 2019 was indeed a hell of a ride, but it was a ride that helped you get to your next level; the level you are ready for because you’ve mastered the level you are currently on.
What are some great lessons you learned this year?