As I ponder the end of this year and the beginning of a new year at midnight, I imagine myself walking out of my old ways of thinking, beliefs, and destructive habits, such as negativity, judgment, resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness. These things are too heavy to carry. I am leaving behind my “Ego,” also coined as the Painbody (Eckhart Tolle); she brought so much trouble into my life. I am aware that she will try to show up again, but now I have the tools to keep her at bay by staying in the moment with Jesus, being a watcher, and accepting things and people as they are; I can only change myself. So I will leave those beliefs behind.
I imagine having a small backpack with the lessons I learned from 2022 as reminders. I know there will be times I will want to run backward, but I pray the Lord gives me the strength and courage to be steadfast on my journey for His purpose by the power of His Spirit. I also packed in my bag the sweet memories of God’s grace toward me during my darkest hours for hope as I walk into new beginnings for this new year, and I pray this for you as well, in Jesus’ name, amen.
P.S. If you scroll down, I left a few book referrals I have read that changed my life.
Holy Bible, Isaiah 56:10, Proverbs 26:11, Col. 1:21, Eph. 4:17-24, Matt. 26:40, Psalm 78, 1 John 4.
The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle), Embracing the Shadow (David Richo), Forgiving what you can’t Forget (Lysa Terkeurst), 12 ‘Christian’ Beliefs that can Drive You Crazy (Henry Cloud, John Townsend), 9 Things You Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life (Henry Cloud, John Townsend).