The year 2017 has never been that easy. There was a lot of ups and downs, new experiences, met new friends, started a new career and whatever it is, 2017 was indeed an amazing year for all of us. And wow! time flies so fast and 2017 is almost over. As we are about to enter a new year, I would like to share with you the 12 lessons 2017 taught me. It is 12 because my planner allowed me to enter the lessons I learned every month and here are the following:
1. Be educated, always invest in your growth fund because when you change, it affects the surrounding people.
Jeff Rich once said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Education, could it be academic or personal, contributes so much growth in our personal lives. John Maxwell, in his 21 Laws of Leadership, he mentioned that everyone has their own lids but a few people recognize it.
I learned that we are the only one capable of lifting our own lids. Lids that limits us to our potential. And to remove that lids we need to grow, thus be educated, invest in your learning.
Before I thought that education was merely a waste of time, I hated going to college, I even asked my teacher what would I do with algebra? Can I use that when I am working already? I am wrong, When I was 21, my eyes have opened to the reality that we will not grow if we will not educate ourselves. When I say educate ourselves, what I mean is; self-education, because academic education can teach so many theories but you can’t apply all of them in our own lives.
Do not venture into something you do not know.
2. Relational unity is not built on chemistry and commonality but on Jesus.
Our culture dictates us that in order to be united, we must have in common. As the old proverb said, “birds of the same feather flock together.” It might be true but not always. Being a Christian is a call to follow Jesus’ example.
In my previous trips abroad, meeting a stranger who happened to be a Christian as well makes everything so easy.
We may have different backgrounds, stories behind and, interests, in Christianity, Jesus is the common denominator.
The history can tell us more about it. It is Christians who first started non-profit organizations to help the widow, fatherless, and poor. Started hospitals, schools, and universities.
Why? Because Jesus commands us to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. By means of? By loving our neighbor as ourselves.
3. The fear of having not enough paralyzes one’s whole being.
What if they don’t select me because the next person is better than me?
What if she doesn’t like me because I have a dark skin and I do not look like a Korean?
My answer to that; SO WHAT??
The fear of having not enough stops us from maximizing our potential. So what if they don’t like you? Are you pleasing them? So what if she doesn’t like you just the way you are? Boy, you deserve better than him or her! She doesn’t know your worth and the good life you are offering to her.
4. Leadership is serving.
Contrary to what the world is saying, leadership is not about position. Yes, you can be the CEO or the most powerful man ever lived and respected as a leader in the whole world but if you don’t have an influence on them, you are not really a leader.
A leader remains a leader even he doesn’t have position or authority. How do we gain influence? By serving them. We lead to serve others. As Pastor Steve Murell, President of Every Nation Philippines said, “The influence we gain from leading others should not be the end goal but rather it will be a means to serve.”
5. Do not complain if you are working eight to ten hours a day and go home and not work on your own goals because you’re tired. YOU ARE NOT TIRED, YOU’RE UNINSPIRED.
I have a few friends who often asked me how do I manage to get the most out of my time. I have passion projects; I have projects also needs to be delivered in my corporate work, church activities, seminars, and events. Well, I’m inspired! If you are inspired to make a change not just in your own life but also in the lives of others, nothing can stop you from doing what you want out of life.
6. Courage is not the absence of fear.
I don’t know why I wrote this, but I remember I was preparing for some battle here. I prepared for so many years and because I was so inspired I also bought my first car because of it. Let’s move on to next lesson to figure out what happened.
7. God can open doors that no one can shut but also He closes doors that no one can open it again.
The month of July was a tough one for me. To cut the long story short, I did not win the battle, I end up defeated. But I know it was also an answered prayer, it is simply not meant for me because I know God meant it for good. Because after that there are so many good things happened.
You may read the whole story here: When God Closed Doors and Relationships
8. Ever doubted your purpose and calling in life? Be patient enough with it. God affirms it when it was meant to you and He will do that by surprising you with miracles you never expected to come.
August was a month of unexpected blessings. I was able to complete my funds needed for the trip, and also my article has gone viral in social media, not only that, I was also invited in a radio station for a guest interview.
God is so amazing. I was still hurting (but not that much) at that time but God did amazing things to divert my attention, time and energy to better things that are ahead of me.
9. Be sensitive.
It was complicated to tell here but I learned that sometimes I am insensitive. I needed to make a conscious effort to watch my words and actions.
I even wrote it as my action plan next year. To smile to everyone I will meet and greet them, eliminating criticism from my system, to always give appreciation and praise instead of condemnation, and to be sensitive to other person’s viewpoint.
10. Not all battles are worth fighting for.
Pick your battles wisely. Not every conflict is worth turning into a major battle. There are certain battles in which simply cannot be won no matter how much effort you put into it or what strategies you use.
11. God is not a god of confusion. He made all things beautiful and in order.
My diligent prayers have answered and what I have been searching for has been found for God affirmed where I must go.
For years I am praying and discerning God’s will for me. I felt that I was called to a full-time ministry, but I felt I was also called in the marketplace. After my third mission trip, God has already affirmed it. I was called not in the full-time ministry but in public speaking.
12. This year has a lot of surprises on its own. Be expectant and be more hopeful for the next coming year!
Time to stop, reflect, and evaluate what happened throughout the year. And write what must stop, and must continue but don’t forget to start!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with your family and friends!
How about you? What are the greatest lessons you learned in 2017? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share in the comments on the blog or just hit reply.