Amid ululations and merrymaking, the ecstasy of giving and receiving of gifts, cheerful moments with our loved ones, let’s stop for a moment.
Let’s reflect on our lives. Our lives yesterday, today, the year 2020 and beyond. I wish you search within your mind, your soul and your heart to find peace.
I hope you know seasons come and go. And they are part of the journey of life. But you and I came on earth once, and once we shall fly away, forever.
It is this realization that makes us grab and hold tightly to our purposes. It is our purposes that make us formulate new year resolutions, visions, goals and work hard to attain them.
“We are only born once into life, but in life, we are born many times.”John Roger.
Let’s explore the six wonderful ways we can find peace. I hope when you fulfil them you’ll have peace to keep you through Christmas and get enough grace to usher you into 2020.
I believe these profound scriptures will grace your reading experience.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given, And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called a Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”Isaiah 9:6, 7.
Maybe last year you made resolutions that didn’t work. Maybe you’re the cause of the unfulfilled goals. Perhaps somebody else failed you.
I want you to know that this season you can find peace within yourself. I want you to understand that even though you didn’t achieve this and that, you can still achieve it tomorrow.
I wish you know that though you made a mistake, you don’t have to make it again. For, the mistakes you made this year don’t define how you’re going to live in the year 2020 and beyond. Because you learned from those mistakes.
Can you imagine the peace you’ll experience when you sincerely forgive yourself?
Forgiving others for the hurts and pain they inflicted on us is difficult. However, it becomes easy when we acknowledge that we are frail and fallible creatures.
It is this realization that makes us apologize first for what we did to them, then forgive them for what they did to us.
Forgiveness will liberate us from loads of resentment. Bitterness. Blame. Hatred… we no longer need to carry heavy burdens to Christmas and 2020.
What if you make a conscious choice to forgive. Do you think it is too late to forgive? I wish you realize how peaceful you’ll be when you forgive.
“Hatred, resentment, and ill-will are poisons. They tether your thoughts and your energy and steal the splendour that is in everything.”Dushka Zapata.
Every step and effort you made to be where you’re, minor and great, made you a stronger person than you were before.
Now you’re well able to face and surmount gigantic mountains and giants on your pathway. You have developed grit to forbear storms and ripples of 2020. Instead of complaining, blaming, murmuring…find peace in your achievements and joyfully leap into 2020.
Think about the lows and highs you experienced in 2019 and before. Do you remember one person who has been there with you and for you in those moments? What if you let them know how much you appreciate? I hope you know how peace will overflow in your heart when you appreciate them.
Share with others
It is a noble action to share the little and much we’ve gathered through the year/years. Perhaps in your house, there are some items you can do without, maybe you need them. I hope you realize the beauty of sharing with others.
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger of bread.”Mother Teresa.
I hope you know sharing doesn’t necessarily mean you spend money. Giving your time and presence is an amazing way of sharing. Whatever it is, cheerfully share.
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Give thanks to God
We cannot overemphasize the importance of giving thanks to God. When you look back at where you came from and where you’re right now, you see God’s transcendent power.
Nor can we overstate the pleasant things God has done for us. The good health we are enjoying right now, the storms that didn’t swallow us alive, the sickness that didn’t take us away…we cannot cease to say “thank you, God.” And God cannot stop pouring more peace on us.
Mind your spiritual life
There isn’t anything that can deny one peace more than that which brings fear and uncertainty. When you’re doubtful of your spiritual standing you’re the most insecure person on earth.
Today, I wholeheartedly make a call to my dear reader to convene a meeting with yourself. And contemplate about your destiny after this present life. A life characteristic of fleeting joy mixed with terror, furtive pleasure mixed with sorrow, fickle gratification mixed with misery…
“A mind in peace is heaven, a mind in pieces is hell.”K. Bhujang Shetty.
Dear friend, I wish you know the pleasures of this world are temporal, they are passing away. They cannot provide the peace, security and stability we need.
You will find everlasting peace only in the prince of peace. His name is Jesus. I hope today, after that meeting, you make the phenomenal decision of giving your life to Christ Jesus.
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you says the LORD thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and hope.”Jeremiah 29:11.
God loves you!