New year & New Focus: We Learn From The Past & Move On.

New year & New Focus: We Learn From The Past & Move On.

New year brings new focus and new beginning: despite our failures or mistakes to reach our goals and destinies in life.

  • Posted on: 3 January 2020
  • By: ucheikpa

In Ibo language in Nigeria, we say: “Nkiru ka.”

That means that which is in the future is greater. As we reflect on what happened last year, failures and successes, pain and joy that we experienced, we must learn to move on.

“In everything, give thanks for this is the will of God for your life.”

For me, it was a very tragic year as I lunched my move project and everything collapsed, financially and otherwise: does that mean it is the end of the world for me? No, it might even be the beginning of greater things in my life. I have learned many things from it; I have risen with more determination by God’s grace to lunch again: knowing “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” As long as we are still living, there is hope as we trust and have faith in God. Miracles will happen for us "in His own time: He makes everything beautiful" for those who love Him. Therefore, no matter what happened last year, move on.

Job in the Scripture was a man who deeply loved God and lost everything: all his children died; his business of cattle rearing collapsed; everything he had was gone. His friends told him his sin caused his tragic situations; his wife who should be his best friend and by his side at this time, told him “to curse God and die.” Worms invaded his body! Can you imagine that? Job responded:

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job 13:15

“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”

Job focused on God and completely trusted God in His deep and painful struggles. From this noble man, we heard of resurrection for the first time in the Scriptures. He reminded the true believer they will be the resurrection of the dead someday, and those who endure to the end shall live with Jesus forever.

This man held tenaciously unto His faith and refused to succumb to fear or to the devil who instigated the whole trial. The Scripture focuses the believer to Job as an example of patience:

"Look at the end of Job how the Lord rewarded him"

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. For he had fourteen thousand sheep; and a thousand yoke of oxen; and a thousand she ashes. He had also seven sons and three daughters.” Job 42:12&13

The book of James concludes on Job:

“Behold we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.” James 5:11
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It was a hard year for many who lost everything in fire, businesses, political collapse, homes destroyed, homelessness, etc.: no matter where the pain was coming from, don’t give up. God is still in control. He is a loving, tender, merciful, compassionate father: who understands our struggles like nobody on earth.

We will all rise and pray that God will give us a leader who is wise, loving, and compassionate: who understands the deep struggle of the American people; and will unite all Americans-black and white; and help them reach their goals and destiny for the glory of God in 2020. We don’t want war and hate any more. The country and world are tired of that. We want a new beginning and focus for America and the world: a new focus on love, unity, and peace for each other.

I wish you a new year filled with God’s blessings: healing, miracles, fulfillment of your dreams, deep desires, and favors. May you be richly blessed in this new year. It will happen for you and, and don’t forget to give God the glory.

“Only believe
Only believe
All things are possible only believe
Only believe
Only believe
All things are possible
Only believe”

Poem:

Move on

No matter what
Tragedy upsets our lives
Plans are shattered
Loved ones die
Children disappoint us
Parents are taken away
Close friends desert us
Divorce destroys marriages
Future plans lost in dreams
Good jobs suddenly taken away

move on
Tragedy squeezes
The best in us
Like we squeeze out
The juice we love
Tragedy strengthens our faith
And leads to wisdom
The way designed by God
So we are more like Him

New year & new resolve

New year, like a new day
We wake up fresh and refreshed
Ready for the challenges ahead
Forgetting the past and learning from it
We realize and understand
We don’t have to venture in fear

because

The Lord Jesus Christ holds our hands
And beckons us to follow Him
He will get us to His will
As we follow in obedience to His will

Rev. Uche Ikpa.

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