Congratulations! You made it to 2015, the year of divine opportunity. And I’m sure you’re probably wondering why I started this post off saying “congratulations”… Well sometime during this year you will need someone to say congratulations or say that they are proud of you. You will need someone to encourage you when people don’t believe in the dreams you tell them about. You may have thought that 2015 would start off with a bang. You just knew that opportunities would open up as soon as the clock struck twelve; but somehow, they didn’t. And if you’re being truthful with yourself – you’re disappointed. Or maybe 2015 started perfectly. You started off the year with the people you love, you were motivated and excited… but suddenly things just stopped. It was like everything dropped at once and now you’re questioning whether or not this is your year.
Peter, one of Jesus’s disciples writes this in 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to the world”. During the time Peter wrote this, he and the other disciples were being bashed for preaching. But in this passage he’s essentially telling us to enjoy those trials because they are only a sign of God’s approval of what you’re doing. You’re being tested. But it’s not about the test. It’s about how you act during the test. But the amazing part about tests is that they end.
But you don’t believe me. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6). And yes, the tests are just apart of the “good work” that He’s doing in you. The sparkles didn’t leave your life. They didn’t run at the sight of 2015 – they are just waiting for you to get out of your feelings, focus, and start creating what you want to see in your life. God put the sparkles inside of you before you were even thought of, so stop listening to the thoughts of others who can’t seem to see the sparkles in their own lives. It’s time for you to start sparkling, because it’s YOUR year. It’s YOUR year because you’re going to prosper inspite of the doors that didn’t open (that door wasn’t ordained for you), the people that may leave your life, and the people who won’t believe. If God says it shall be, trust me it WILL be. And in case no one else tells you anytime soon, I’m proud of you and so is He.
I love you,
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