As I stop and take time to reflect on this past year, I have begun to realize what a roller coaster of a year it has truly been. While I sit in my squeaky computer chair and reminisce through the memories, I know that I am joined by millions of others who are currently doing the exact same thing. In fact, you might even be doing it while you read this.
1. I stepped down from my position at a Church to write a book.
2. My first book hit top charts on Amazon and iTunes.
3. I had an engagement end out of nowhere.
4. I had incredible speaking opportunities around the USA.
5. Moved into an office/warehouse to save money.
6. My first car finally died on me.
7. Had to purchase my first new/used car.
And whether you think these things are deemed as “good” or “bad” is completely up to you. But regardless, I know they all happened for a reason, and that they all have one thing in common.
God was with me through it all.
The Reality Is: None of us are perfect, and we can’t expect life to go exactly the way we want it to. But, the blatant beauty in all of this is that God works all things together for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:28).
You need to understand that everything that took place in 2012 was for a reason, regardless if you understand why. And sometimes, going through the dumps is the greatest way for us to truly appreciate the treasures of Christ. You begin to realize what truly matters in life.
Make 2013 a year for love, hope, grace, and change. Regardless of how 2012 ended, start 2013 with pure, unadulterated hope.
Regardless if you currently call yourself a Christian or not, know that your 2012 has already been forgiven, and that 2013 is an ocean of Grace that is waiting for your arrival.
We’re all human. We’re all broken. We all need Jesus. Smile, knowing you have The Lord on your side.
In Christ we find true joy, hope, and purpose.
Happy New Years.
– Jarrid Wilson