2020 is here! A new year and decade. And while that may be exciting for most, many of you might still be struggling to get-it-together!
Let’s face it, just because the calendar year has changed, its still yet another day in this journey called life. And the reality of that is, it may take time to develop those necessary habits that need to accompany the goals you hope to achieve over the next few weeks and months. But even so – a new year gives us a fresh start to do just that. And with it being an entirely new decade, it challenges most of us to reflect-recharge, and reset. But more importantly, a new decade affords us the opportunity to assess what has been working in our lives, and what needs to change. Cause who wants to carry those same habits and decisions from the last 10 years into the next?
So how can we make the most of a new year and decade?
One thing you can do if you haven’t already, is take some time to evaluate where you are in your life, and where you want to be. If you are unhappy with your current state, that could mean several things such as: 1) You are in a season of growth and things are being developed within you as you navigate this particular moment in your life, and 2) its time to move and let go of things holding you back from the life you desire to live.
For those who are in a season of growth, its not always pretty, and you won’t “feel” good all the time. Seasons of growth in a new year are what many people envision they will be ready for, but it can be difficult to navigate if you don’t understand the realities of the process you are in. Things start getting shaken up in your life, and it feels as if everything you once knew doesn’t seem to work anymore. What you thought was a season of growth, has now become a season of uncertainty & despair. But the book of James in the Bible said it best:
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4
So what does endurance truly mean? And why does James say we should look at it with joy?
In this passage, the greek translation of endurance is saying trials or hard times we experience help us develop patience or “steadfastness” that leads to maturity . During this maturing process, or what some may call refining process, we are also becoming whole in areas we have lacked or been weak in. In order to grow, you have to be open to even the places you are afraid to admit you need help in. Is it pride? Fear? Jealousy? Unforgiveness? Or lack of patience with others? Patience is that thing that we all desire, but the moment things don’t go our way we almost always respond to situations by what our emotions tell us to do. In this passage, James is reminding us that patience can only truly be developed through the struggle. But in that struggle, trust and believe you are growing to another level that will allow you to withstand the best and worst times of your life. And that, my friend, is the endurance you will need for where you are going. So instead of looking at the process in a negative light, embrace this process with joy because you are becoming whole, and new.
On the other hand, if you feel in this new year and decade you are ready for change and have been stagnant for some time, the reality of your situation might just mean its time to move, or let go.
Moving from the place you are at, to the place you want to be is easier said than done, but is necessary for all of us at various points in our life. For some, that may mean looking for a new job and stepping out on faith even if you don’t feel “qualified. For others, that could mean doing the thing you’ve always desired, such as traveling or starting a business.
Whatever that “move” is for you, it will take faith, consistency, and discipline. But also require you to let go of some things. What habits do you need to let go of? People you need to stop surrounding yourself with? If you haven’t already, take some time today or this week to meditate on these questions. In this new year, the choice to live the life you’ve always wanted is yours. But the challenge most of us will face is letting go of habits that have been comfortable for so long, in order to embrace the upgraded version of our self.
Finally, as you make the most of this new year and decade, whether you are in a season of growth, or in a season if moving and starting something you’ve never done before, you must remain firmly grounded in you we are. Your identity is not just about the things you do or what you have accomplished. It is more than a title or the profession you are in. The core of who you are is a Child of God. When we get that revelation embedded into our hearts and minds, no matter what we encounter over the next few months, we can rest assured there is still a good plan for our lives and that God has our back, even when the road gets tough
As the foundation scripture of RG4C tells us, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.
This is exciting news! No matter what comes your way, you are worthy, chosen, empowered, and loved! Take heart, and never forget. 2020 is going to be amazing. Let go, and Let God. He loves you like crazy and has a good plan for your life.
Peace, Love, & Blessings,
RG4C Founder & Editor In Chief