So it’s new years eve, where had the year gone!? This morning my sister called me and ask “so how was your year, what have you done this year, did you accomplish what you wanted to?” I didn’t hesitate to think but answered that it was a harsh year, nothing much happened to distinguish it from any other; it was meh.
Oh how wrong I was! She told me, go think about it and I’ll call you latter on to ask you again. Well I did. I sat down and thought, it’s a new year coming upon us and what have I done? Then all of a sudden things I did this year started popping out, things I completely forgot I did, and saw… these weren’t little things, but rather grand that I completely forgot!
From the very beginning of the year I turned 21 years old – a feat of its own! Then I went to concerts the first being Newsboys and Lincoln Brewster, then Michael W. Smith, and latter on 3 Hillsong concerts (with 3 tapings of Joyce Meyers), and Finally a Hillsong youth concert with David Crowder Band! Heck that on its own is a lot of concerts! In Februarys I went to the Olympics in Vancouver! I saw my home country (Belarus woo!) play one of my favorite teams (Sweden) in Hockey (my fav. sport) with some of my best’s friends. In April I would finish my 3ed year in university, no small feat either. I would also go to Cali and spend time with my brother shadowing him in the hospital and my sister (I love my family with all my heart) plus went on a cruise to Mexico with my other sister and Mom. After the cruise and California I went to Toronto and spent the summer with my mommy dearest studying for the wrenched MCAT. I met people I would eventually lead to a relationship with Christ and finally would write the MCAT (hardest exam EVER) but what an accomplishment!
Upon writing the MCAT I left on a road trip through the states to Alberta then got on a plane and set off for Beijing again with some of my closest friends. From there I would later go on to Tibet, Nepal, and India, getting a foot away from the Dalai Lama himself before heading back to Alberta and school.
I made friends for life, got a beautiful girl to go out with me :), joined teams (rugby) that I never would have thought, and ministries that would be empowering (prison ministries). I learnt valuable lessons about Christ, my strengths and weakness and journey in my Christian life. I spent wonderful time with my family and accomplished my goal yet again for reading the bible in a year. I had different jobs throughout the year in construction work, tutoring, teacher assistant, mentoring and I got a new car (while selling my old car which was also my first – a ’94 BMW 318is). And finally topped it of with one last trip with my brother to Vancouver yet again.
I can’t complain, it’s been a wonderful year! Sure there are always ups and downs but when we actually think about our accomplishments, we do a lot! I think people like me are far to negative, and unappreciative of the blessing we receive!!! I feel embarrassed and ashamed. I hope we all can sit back and reflect at what we have done to make ourselves better, our life enjoyable and how we may have blessed other – and if we haven’t done that then maybe we should start tomorrow. My earnest prayer is to start appreciating every blessing provided, only then would I and everyone else consider the bigger picture and work towards making our lives better and those around us, not living with regret but with appreciation, joyfulness, happiness and blessing :).
God bless us all and Happy New Years!! :)