It’s been an amazing year and if we take our time to take a slow drive through how the year has unfolded, we would reflect on the memories made; the good, bad and ugly ones. We would or reflect on the friends we lost and the new ones we met, the heartbreaks and the new found love, the relatives and friends who have gone to be with the Lord, the opportunities we got and missed out on, and so much more.
Even as we look forward to a greater year in 2014, I want us all to let go of all those things that have beset us this year; the hurts, pains and grudges we hold in our heart for people who don’t even care or who may not even know that they have hurt us. Not because they are wrong or we are right but because we deserve peace of mind. The ones we think have hurt us are probably having a swell time wherever they are and we are here crying over nothing. It’s not easy though but there is more of God’s Grace we can ask for to help us let go.
Let’s remember that we have been commanded to love people and there will surely be people we have to love from afar but still yet let’s not keep records of wrongs done to us. It’s not easy guys but I know that God will surely grant his mercy to us if we do ask for it. Don’t be like those people that will say something like “Remi, I remember in the year 2007 when Obasanjo won the elections by 8pm, you were wearing a red shirt with a kiko hairdo, you were sitting by the pool side and you said so and so”. Let’s dwell more on good memories jare.
I have been through a lot of drama this year and then something struck me after Nelson Mandela’s death. I remember reflecting on his life and his story on forgiveness hit me hard. This was a man who spent 27 years in prison fighting for the cause of his people. After his release, all he could say was “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,”… What a man! Right there and then, I asked God to give me the grace to forgive all those I held in mind. I am still in that process though but I can tell you that I have never felt such peace of mind in my life in a really long while.
So guys, let’s move on, shake all the hurts and pain and reach out for peace. Follow peace with all men for therein lies your peace.
Let’s sing along these few lines from Mary J. Blige’s song “No more drama”
It feel so good when you let go Avoid this drama in your life Now you’re free from all the pain Free from all the game, free from all the stress Philippians 3:13- “…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before”