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It’s 11 days into the New Year and I’d like to share a little on what’s been buzzing around my ear and eye gates, and yours - THE 2012 PHENOMENON! The Internet has hijacked the minds of many with the speculation that the world will end in December of 2012. The doomsday prediction that December 21, 2012 marks the end of the world according to the 5,125 year-long Mayan long count calendar, or the earth may undergo a physical or spiritual transformation has instilled an intense fear in many, just like the Y2K scare. Remember Y2K (the Year 2000 Problem)? And remember when Harold Camping predicted the Apocalypse – October 21, 2011, where many would have been left behind to die? The world didn’t end on either of these two predicted dates, did it? Recently it’s been reported that the world will end in 500 million years, where the earth will cook itself due to overheating by the sun. Praise the Lord I wouldn’t be around in 500 million years to fall into that melting pot!
Let’s not get too far away from the truth…the Bible! The Bible speaks of the last days and I believe we are in the last days. When exactly will Jesus return? I don’t know, but I don’t believe it’s December 2012. So hold off on stocking up on groceries; partying like it’s 1999(for those wondering why 1999, it’s a Prince song!); shopping till you drop by maxing your credit cards; or fulfilling fancies you wouldn’t dare consider if you knew you would live to a ripe old age. However, 2012 can be a phenomenal year for each of us, where we can become a phenomenon in our own right but that would be a personal decision…a decision which will require a relentless pursuit, a fierce focus, to fulfill realistic goals.
We all know (or should know) we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect to see change. That’s a statement of fact! For our lives to change we must change our mindset – our thinking must change.
I’m quite certain there are many things you had wanted to achieve in 2011 but were unable to accomplish them, or at some point in the year you just lost the motivation/inspiration to fulfill them. If you’re like me, I begin to examine those unaccomplished “things” during the month of December and beat myself down to a pulp for allowing the year to come to an end without attaining them. An unfulfilled feeling then begins to engulf me (yes, I’m very hard on myself!). And usually by the third week of January, I would see the year as being over - I know, I’m a little too dramatic but that’s how I perceive time…perpetually moving at a rapid pace. Don’t despair; I never remain “there” for too long! I immediately begin to reflect on the year which had just passed and endeavour to figure out where and why things went unfulfilled. This process allows me to strategize and manage myself accordingly for each day in the new year, to ensure by the end of the year I’ve accomplished those things.
The things we endeavour to accomplish can be anything; there’s no scale to measure its relevance – it’s all relative. Whatever those unaccomplished things are, make up your mind today, not later tonight, not tomorrow, not over the weekend, but today, to achieve them this year - 2012! It starts with each day…doing something. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to start living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition? Do you want to do more for your community? Do you desire a more intimate relationship with God, your spouse, your children, your siblings, yourself? Do you want to fulfill the dreams/purpose God has placed in your heart? Do you want to change something about yourself you don’t like; for example, your temper, your negative outlook on life, procrastination, etc? Do you want to get out of debt, earn more money? Do you want to attend a continuing education program to develop a skill or just gain knowledge on something to invest in yourself? Do you want to excel in what you’re currently doing? Do you want to meet your husband? Do you want out of a toxic relationship or friendship (My friend, let that man go if he’s toxic to your soul or cut ties with that toxic friend – they’ll keep you back and hold you down. It’s time to let go!)? As you can see the list is endless and it’s all very important.
Make up your mind to do something different each day that you’ve never done before, in order to begin to achieve these things. Keep moving forward…it takes one single step to move forward. I guarantee by the end of 2012 you’ll feel accomplished, making it a phenomenal year!
Remember, God wants your joy to be full all the time, and He wants you to live in victory everyday, not once a week or once a month…but every single day!
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10 AMP)
Fear is the enemy of the human will; when we fear we cannot act; fear is ugly and has the ability to paralyze us. Don’t fear failure, or fall prey to excuses for not doing something, lose motivation, comparing yourself to others or becoming slothful in your pursuit of fulfillment. Jesus came so that we can enjoy life and live it to the full, till it overflows!
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.”(John 15:16 AMP)
The things you’ve outlined for 2012 can be successful. You’ve been predestined to be fruitful and function in excellence - this is why this year can be a phenomenal year for you, but it’s your decision!
May you prosper greatly in every area of your life!
P.S. I know you’ve heard the aforementioned a million times over through email forwards, television, newspapers, magazines, radio, church sermons, friends – you probably received books on the subject as gifts for Christmas, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be reminded of it!
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