Crossings

 

Fireworks.

Screams.

Church Services.

Food.

Family Gatherings.

Gifts.

And so on.

In different ways, people celebrate cross-overs.

Yesterday, everyone the world over, at varying times, started 2016.

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I had a really wonderful new year’s day. Family came over and we had a little gathering where we recounted God’s goodness and committed the new year to God’s hands. While replacing cutlery after the last visitor left the house, I suddenly realized, among other issues, that I will resume work in three days. And my board exams are drawing nearer.

Whew! After the glamorous celebrations, real life has begun.

Maybe for you, you will spot your uncompleted homework lying open on the study table. Or your grumpy in-law still lives with you. Thoughts that paused for the holidays will resume and in a few days, you will remember that you need to exert discipline to pull through the challenging responsibilities of 2016. And soon, you will forget the new year excitement.

Hello! Welcome to 2016.

Now is when you get to work on seeing 2016 become the best year you envisioned. As the challenges reel in surely and soon enough, remember that your life is an adventure – each new level presents tougher conquests as well as bountiful rewards.

2016 will be a great year, with its share of “Ohs” and “Ahs”. But as you experience whatever makes your nape hair rise, you must always remember that you can do it with God!

For 2016, take faith with you! Mountains of differing heights will constantly surface but you can send them scattering by your faith.

Be courageous. Be strong.

“The just shall live by faith…” Hebrews 10:38

It’s important to know what your 2016 is all about. Pray about it and set goals accordingly. I like to draw what I call “planets,” listing all the areas of priority in my life and writing under each heading my goals. They help me focus as well as evaluate for progress.

Here’s a quote from famous football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant:

This is the beginning of a new day.

God has given me this day to use as I will.

I can waste it or use it for good.

What I do today is important as I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,

Leaving something in its place I have traded for it.

I want it to be a gain, not loss–good, not evil.

Success, not failure, in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.

-Paul William “Bear”Bryant

There will be many improvements in my life this year, and among all that will come, I know that I will devote more time to writing, trust God more and get more involved in my life’s projects.

HeirWalk will have its look revamped and content improved. And (yay!) I am finally getting a proper domain, www.heirwalk.com!

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As I worked on the new theme, I stumbled upon the beautiful picture of a cityscape sprawling under stretches of beautiful clouds. It looked to me like there’s a seamless intersection between the physical and the divine. This is what I hope to continue to share– the secrets to connect, learn, grow and shine in life through God.

A new website is also brewing!

As for me I will continue to live the adventure of life, then sharing frequently about it. This service is a mere privilege to be involved in something greater than me, and not a reward for God’s goodness.

Join me this year! We will have a great time!

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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