Can I be real? It’s 2017 and I feel pretty good, yall. I’ve been doing some “soul searching,” taking much needed time for myself, getting to know “me” better, listening to the Holy Spirit, immersing myself in the living word, and reflecting on my life this past year. 2016 was a pretty gutsy year for me. I took some chances, pushed myself out of my comfort zone on many occasions, and got some much needed answers to past situations that will help me to now move forward in life.
It’s been exciting, yet challenging at times. I’ve made a few not so great decisions along the way. I’m not perfect. I’ve broken a few promises to others and myself. I’m trying to change that; BUT I feel growth. I can see myself moving in the right direction. My faith has grown, my confidence continues to build, my worry has diminished. I’m serious, yall — all in the last few months. I’m sorry (not sorry), but I needed that time of reflection (like many of us) to get a few things in order.
I don’t know about you, but I have not been living in my light. What does that mean, Bri? See– I was trying to “do good,” help serve others, be more involved in the community, my church, etc., but something was just off. I had to ask myself (and you should, too) —
What’s holding you back from accomplishing that lifelong dream that God has placed in your heart? What keeps you from being yourself in a room full of strangers? What keeps you from fighting and speaking up for what you really want? Why do you compare yourself to others when we ALL fall short of the glory of God? And, why are you not letting your light shine?
I remembered the countless times God has blessed me. It was not always an easy road, but I also remembered how perfect it was when my blessing was ready for me. And then, I would remember the times when God presented me with other opportunities, but because of doubt, fear, and downright laziness, I crept back and hid in the darkness instead of living in my light because I thought I wasn’t ready. I was so willing to trust God before, but then I let the devil come in and snatch my moment. How dare I?
Not anymore. And neither should you. Let’s dedicate ourselves to the Lord and let our lights shine. Let’s move forward, forgetting our hurts and pains in the past, our mistakes and bad decision-making moments. Let us have unwavering faith, and let go of fear of judgement, so that we can be ourselves in Christ. Let us know that we can still do good, but in the way God has intended us to do so.
So many of us are trying to do what others are doing because frankly, “it looks good.” And we also listen to what others have to say because “it sounds good.” Not everything that is good for one person is necessarily good for another. We all have our own gifts, talents and well…light to share within the world.
So, if you are with me — I’d like to declare this new year of 2017, a year I know that will be one of many new blessings, but also one that will be filled with our many lights. Let’s get focused and determine what God has placed in our hearts and be bold enough to take what is ours to have.
No more doubt and fear of the unknown judgement that is often a mere figment of our imaginations and lack of confidence that keeps us from what belongs to us. More stepping out on faith, more building up, rather than breaking down, more trusting, seeking counsel….and waiting or walking away when the way before us is unclear. In other words, let go of everything and everybody that is holding you back, and find out for yourself.
Truth is, I want this year to be even gutsier than 2016. It’s the year of living in our light. I’m fired up, yall. Are you ready? Let’s shine.