A New Year. A New You.

A New Year. A New You.

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.

During 2012:

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


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  • Aicah January 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Keep it up! Thanks for inspiring all of us! ;)

  • Libertad January 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    my sister told me “you have to read what he writes”— obviously you are a man that seeks the perfect way to make everyone around you understands how great is our Dad, keep doing it… and let´s enjoy this new ocean, then

    • Jarrid Wilson Author January 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Thank you very much. I really appreciate you!

  • Estrela January 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    thnak you for sharing this.. gave me hope.. New

  • Cassandra Gonzalez January 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Also… I’m utilizing your 30 Words Book as one of several inspirations going into 2013, so thanks for that as well! (-:

  • Cassandra January 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    “Make 2013 a year for love, hope, grace, and change. Regardless of how 2012 ended, start 2013 with pure, unadulterated hope.”
    Thank you so much for these brilliant, blessed words! I’m going to make that my mantra for 2013. It reminds me why I smile and laugh heartily even in the face of my own struggles with MS-because God is with me! Again,thank you so much for that. I am sorry for the troubles you have faced this past year, but I confidently say that God knows what he is doing and he has something greater for you! Blessings and healing in this new year!

  • Bernadette January 3, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom 15:13

    Be blessed!

  • Ana-Maria January 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    While I was reading this and reflecting on the last year ,I just sow all the pain that I was going thru but I also sow that there was more blessings that problems ,that God was there every step I made and now that I’m looking at the future I get scared ,but and it a big but I know that God won’t put me thru it if I wouldn’t be able to get thru it …

  • Jarrid Wilson Author January 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Appreciate you Victoria. This comment truly means a lot!

  • Hannah January 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    You’re a good guy, pal.

  • Leslie Clevenger Brogdon January 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    That’s awesome! Will you share a bit more about moving into an office/warehouse? I live communally with another family in an effort to be more intentional. We’ve talked about a less traditional space. Would love to hear about your experience!

  • Lu January 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Thanks for your unadulterated faith! Your words have been a huge part of my journey to baptism on December 23! My New Years resolution is to stay in God’s word every single day of 2013. God Bless….

  • Julian January 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    So good!!! My 2012 looked a lot like yours. But The Lord has laid out the most incredible 2013 as I head out on an 11-month long mission trip to go and love like Jesus. It’s awesome! Only the reality of redemption in Christ can turn such backwards situations into stories of grace and spur us to pursue Him even more. Be blessed my man!

  • Jason January 1, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    One of your best post so far. It hit home with me for sure. Thanks for sharing bro, it only gets better from here on out!

  • Grady January 1, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    I am an evangelist in Tx. This is the first time I have heard of you and through a friend she sent me yor blog. Very exellent concept of life, but also knowing that God is still in charge. I am a 7 year cancer survivour. God brougt me from stage 4 lymphatic cancer to where I am today.
    Keep up the good writting.

  • Polly December 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Needed to hear this tonight….as I sat at home alone for the New Year, I was feeling sorry for myself and sad. I know there are reasons for these seasons…I will be patient. Happy New Year!

    • Jarrid Wilson Author January 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Amen. I am so glad. Happy New Year!

  • Nina Rica December 31, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Thanks Jarrid. Have a blessed 2013 and more years to come. You’re God’s blessing to everyone. This really helped me. God bless!

  • LeAnn Clubb December 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Thank you Jarrid, I really needed to be reminded of these truths today! Your posts always speak to my heart and fill me with encouragement and hope! May God Bless you abundantly in the coming year Jarrid and may all of your dreams come true. Happy New Year and God Bless you for your ministery. You touch my life every day with your posts on FB. :) Peace, Love, & Happiness

  • Eileen Otto December 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Happy New Year! Mine has also been a year of alot of pain and heartache. Through it all God drew me closer and closer thr. it all! I trust Him for it all and I am able to put my full trust in Him! Thank you for your blog, it has touched my life and spoke to me in many ways! God bless your new year!

  • Alexys Razana December 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I really love how the Lord has used you. I read your book Iloved it Iwas even bible studies with them with some youth at my church. I really look up to you and love to one day write my own book to help the youth. I am only 18 but that dosent even matter i just need to express what God has put in my heart. Keep up the good work Ilove reading everything you put up. Gob bless and i can not wait to read your next book. Is there anyway you could come preach or bring something to my church.

    • Jarrid Wilson Author January 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Thank you Alexys. Your encouragement and support is appreciated.

  • Shay December 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I agree with you 100% on starting 2013 with unadulterated hope. 2012 has been a ride for me as well, and the ups and downs have been pretty crazy. But some really good things have happened. I finally let go of the most toxic person in my life, which means that unhealthy roller coaster I was on has officially closed down. My heart has shifted from a child’s heart to a woman’s heart, thanks to our wonderful Lord. I’ve stopped cutting. And I have friends again. It’s great what God can do in such a short amount of time. And it’s also great to know that I’m not alone. I’m so glad I discovered you on Facebook. It’s been great adding you to the list of people I read. Have a fantastic year.

  • Jarrid Wilson Author December 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Thanks Stephanie, truly means a lot. I am praying for you!

  • Stephanie Johnston December 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I really have to say you are such and inspiration to us young Christians and I’m sure the elders too. As I sit here thinking about all the battles I’ve had this year I come across this. Thinking I’m the only one dealing with such stuff. I’m not though. There’s 3 things on your list of 2012 that I can totally 100% relate to. Knowing though that our father in heaven is embracing me every step of the way is comforting but… Sitting here wondering why is not. Then I read this and the scripture you attach to and I’m like Wow…. I just purchased one of your books that I’m so looking forward to reading. I just want to say Thank you. Thank you for your words,books,posts and your love for God. Have a blessed year!

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