How has 2021 been for you so far?
Some might say we just crossed the 1/3rd mark of the year so it’s somewhat early to judge.
Well, I’d say that whatever you decide to do, make up your mind from now to have an unshakeable disposition of peace towards the year.
Last year shook alot of folks to the core. There were questions, fears, unrest, deep concerns, lots of speculations etc. But if you observe closely, you’d see one theme underlying all events – the loss of peace.
All around people were going through stuff mostly covid-related and social-issues-related, amidst other things.
Unfortunately, without peace, there’s so little you can do.
Peace is a mighty force.
Peace gives you the clearheadedness and inner strength you need to proceed.
Maybe that’s why it was a primary target because alot of folks came into 2020 (last year) pumped to pursue their dreams especially after the ten year challenge. And the decade 2020 was a little different than 2010 because social media wasn’t so pumped then as it is now.
So we had alot of people showcasing their success so far in ten years and the rest of those who didn’t have much success to show, swearing that come 2020, they will do their own bit.
No more dulling.
People were charged, inspired and challenged and 2020 was going to be the year of great unveiling.
That must have really scared the devil
Here comes 2020 and just when some folks were waking up and gearing to unleash, a little bit of hell was unleashed and till now, the effects are still showing.
But this is 2021 and even though there might be alot of healing for you to do, depending on the level of loss or unrest you had, I’m here to implore you not to give up on your dreams and the one way you can achieve your dreams is to ensure nothing steals your peace this year.
This year, guard your heart and pursue your peace.
You see, like I said, 2020 came innocent but the enemy threw in a curve that sent alot of us falling and with it went our peace, focus and joy.
But 2020 has gone. Thank God for it.
This is 2021 and we just cannot afford to play tag along again.
We can not.
‘It’s too early to decide’ some folks have said.
But you can decide right now that whatever happens in the year, you will do all you can to protect your peace.
If it means staying off news both on TV and social media for a while, then do so.
If it means getting off groups where all they share is bad news, who is sick or dead, where they are fighting etc, please do.
If it means pressing ignore button on some events or happenings around you, please do.
If it means getting a lot of healthy and well-scripted comedy skits and watching them whenever you feel unhappy, please do.
Maybe its staying off the phone or not calling some people
If there is a relationship that steals your peace, it might be time to hand it over to God and take some steps back because truth is, there is only so much you can handle, You need to deliberately guard your peace this year.
What this means is that you minimise your arguments, fights and disagreements.
Sometimes you just agree to disagree so peace will reign, especially in matters that aren’t that important.
It means you identify what is really important and what is not so you know what to focus on.
It means you don’t react in every situation or give your opinion to everything.
It means you gauge your tolerance level for bad news and deal with yourself accordingly. Do not expose yourself to news, environments and stuff that will drain and drown you.
Just because your neighbour can hear bad news all day and still go swimming doesn’t mean you can handle it. And it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you, it just means you’re differently wired.
It might mean that you forget about what you think people think of you and focus on your life and moving forward
Whatever it is for you, fill in your blanks.
You might not even know all it means for you now but commit to monitoring your emotions and taking note of situations that steal your peace,addressing them and documenting the appropriate response to them that will preserve your peace.
Because you see, 2021 is pregnant for everyone. But you can only deliver your own when you have the peace of mind, focus and inner strength you need to pull through.
We’re not sure what will happen in 2021 but we’ve made up our mind ahead of time to preserve our peace no matter what.
And I’d say that the most important part of preserving our peace is setting it firmly on God’s Word. Thats the way forward and the way is sure.
Bury God’s Word in your heart and your responses to life will be more peaceful.
You can start by commiting to reading a chapter of the Bible, preferably new testament, just one chapter and writing down one thing, just one thing you learnt.
If you’d like to get a nice new journal with a biro you love or use an ejournal, by all means please do. Or just get a journal you can write in.
The important thing is that you do it.
Surely that’s not too much is it?
See, I know we’re busy but we’ve got to make time for what will keep us alive and strong so we can enjoy the fruits of our labour.
2021 will be a truly great year that might still have curves and twists..but the level of greatness it will be for you inspite of the curves and twists, depends on your ability to focus on birthing.
Remember a pregnant woman guards her baby by guarding her lifestyle.
This year, guard your dreams by guarding your heart and peace.
Guard your heart. Guard your peace
Change your lifestyle. Change the Game
I pray for you that the God of peace will fill your heart this year and no matter what you hear or encounter, His peace will stand strong like a mighty oak in your life.
I leave you with this
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Colossians 3:15-17 MSG
Cheers to pursuing what gives us peace this year and beyond
Sending you love, light and laughter
Have an amazing God-defined rest of the year 2021
God bless you