From disappointments, heartbreaks, and many closed doors, my trials this past school year have only prepared me to receive my new blessings, relationships, and opportunities. I’m convinced my junior year of college was my chapter to be made stronger and more whole. Of course, I didn’t like the hurt or hardships I experienced, but looking back, I can thank God for keeping me through the entire process. For example, I learned how to be grateful when he removed certain people from my life and helped me break my bad habits. Now I know that those people or things couldn’t come with me to my next chapter. By His Grace, I realized how to walk towards my purpose and destiny.
As I move forward, my strength has equipped me to appreciate my journey. I have more #Godfidence knowing that my best days are yet to come. However, sometimes I had a hard time believing this after everything I experienced. I wasn’t sure what to look forward to, but I kept my faith knowing that things will get better. “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5 3:4). So, three months into 2018, on my 21st birthday, I decided to claim it as my “Glory Year”.
Your Glory Year doesn’t have to start on your birthday or as a New Year’s affirmation. It can start right now. I think my Glory Year really began when I decided to give all my cares to God and stopped worrying about the things I couldn’t control. Of course, God’s work isn’t just annually, His Grace is sufficient and He is unchanging. Still, I like to think of my Glory Year as a year of redemption, favor, and vindication. It shows me that God brought me through my trials to prepare me for the blessings that were already mine. Your journey to your Glory Year is important, and without your trials, there wouldn’t be a need for your redemption, favor, or vindication. Trust your process and believe that God will see you through whatever uncomfortable or hurtful situation you may be facing, and in the end, you will be stronger and ready to receive everything God has promised you.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18).