I remember on the track team in high school we were taught to never look back because it took off our time making us slower. But in retrospect it also allowed you to see how close your opponent was to you. Thus motivating you to distance yourself even further by running faster. Did you distance yourself from your opponent in 2022? Whatever it was? Or did your opponent overcome you? Whatever that resolution was were you able to not only accomplish it but also remember it?

I am not asking these questions to make you feel less than or guilt-ridden, but to place a fire beneath your level of motivation so that going into 2023 you will be inspired to do better, be better and live better. The Book of Ephesians teaches us…Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17) And making the most of every opportunity does not mean being an opportunist taking advantage of people and their circumstances just to get your one up! But using your time wisely. If what you are doing is not fruitful to your future accomplishments—please leave it and go to the next thing. You can’t buy back time.

It’s all about discipline and balance.

The only way to understand what the Lord’s will is—is to seek Him by studying His word, praying, and fasting. Perhaps we should text just a little less, stop trying to gain social media followers for our own fame, Tik a little less Tok, stop taking selfies and stop to be more selfless, occasionally turn off our cell phones, stop building faceless Facebook families and work on our own, then turn over our plates. And in so doing we can truly turn over a new leaf in life. In other words, we all need balance. I’m preaching to me too—because through this past year, I found myself becoming lax in areas that I use to be more astute, and thanks to a conversation I had with one of my ministers last night it brought me back to myself.

It was Aesop who said, “It is possible to have too much of a good thing.” And that’s what has become such a widespread syndrome in our society today. Too many streaming channels to choose from, too many social media platforms, too many Youtube selections, too many how-to-be-successful methods, too many ways to order online, and too many fast-food drive-thrus. An endless list of choices that if used in moderation could propel us to where we need to go concerning our destinies. But as a two-edged sword could also cut off our very heads leaving us oblivious to a future we will never know we had. Which to me is the saddest epitaph of all.

…let us walk into 2023 with a sincere attitude…

So as we reflect on 2022 let us walk into 2023 with a sincere attitude of gratefulness for being alive to see it come in and a true heart to do better, be better and live better. If it took God six days to create the entire universe in all of His infinite wisdom perhaps we should spend less time trying to figure things out ourselves and spend more time with Him for the wisdom we need to run this race called “Life.” And in doing so, we can cross the finish line in glorious victory.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. (I Corinthians 9:24-25 NKJV)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Happy New Year’s Eve! Until Next Year…Blessings and Peace!

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  1. I remember my goal for 2022. I wanted to deepen my relationship with my Maker. Think I’ll go for seconds this time. BTW, thanks for a year of food-for-thought and beneficial insights!


    • That’s a good thing at least you were focused. And we all could use extra helpings of a deeper and more consistent relationship with God. You are so welcome and thank you for giving me the strength and encouragement for another year of writing God gave me the inspiration to write and I pray that by some small measure it helped you along your destined journey. Happy New Year…Blessings and Peace!

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