Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Life Lessons of 2012

My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. James 1:2-4

Every situation in life is an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson.  Failure to learn these lessons will result in being presented with newer situations as an attempt to learn these lessons.  These lessons aren’t designed to hurt us but to grow, mature and develop us.  I have found with God, we can survive the unthinkable, thrive and live to tell others.  So when trials occur in our lives, maybe the question should not be “why me?” Perhaps it is more appropriate to ask God: “What do you want me to see?” 

Below is my year in review of lessons learned and in the process of learning. 

1. Sometimes it is necessary to take steps of faith with no idea of future outcomes.
2. Stopping and resting are necessary parts of refueling and growth.
3. Being fully present allows you to be a participant of the events taking place in your life; good and bad, don't miss a thing.
4. Though fear is a necessary force that often works as necessary opposition to build your confidence muscle, there is no greater feeling than facing your fears and slaying them.
5. Sometimes those closest to you may not be the ones to help bring comfort in times of need.
6. Do not hold on too tightly to any temporal things, there's no telling how God will bless you when you let go of them.
7. Pain is a necessary part of growth, no way around it!
8. Healing is hard work but there's no moving forward without it.
9. Every life challenge is an opportunity to grow in an area you have been neglecting
10. Some struggles will hurt like hell but when you look back, you will realize those situations developed you more than any other.
11. Make time to experience joy, all of life does not have to be lived as a tragedy.
12. Laugh as often as you can.
13. Whenever possible, Eat a good meal slowly, alone!
14. Doing good, never gets old.
15. It is not how much you give but how you give that is most important
16. When you feel like you have nothing else to give, it is very important that you do not give up!
17. We all have a unique purpose to fulfill, it is very important you find out what it is and live it out
18. God has given us the permission to purposely and intentionally live life; it is very important for us to live it boldly, holding nothing back.
19. What you do is almost as important as the environment in which you do it. 
20. Though relationships scare many of us, healing cannot take place outside of engaging in relationships.
21. Though God frustrates us at times, healing cannot take place outside of a relationship and connection with Him; God's dynamic position in our lives is undeniable!

What lessons have you learned this year?

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