Thursday, January 22, 2015

Biweekly Bits #26: Always a New Lesson to Learn

After writing 26 bits, I realized that there is so much I could elaborate on with each of my bits. So I decided to turn them into a biweekly (i.e. fortnightly) series, for the next year.

Every year that you live, there are more lessons to be learned. And I look forward to them, even if they are difficult ones.

I can't believe that 26 is over. Tomorrow, I begin a new year in life, armed with the lessons that I have learned thus far, including lessons learned this past year. And the greatest lesson definitely has been that there is always a new lesson to be learned. As I reflect on this year, I could not have imagined the things that I'd learn about myself, about others, or about life in general.

Some of the lessons learned this year have been hard. Some lessons came after I took the test on the material, as life tends to do. There are a few lessons that are still in progress, and a couple that I'm repeating the course.

Over this year, I've realized that it is important not to take the things in life for granted. It may be opportunities, or people, or relationships. Each of these is valuable, and we should treasure them. People can leave our lives suddenly, situations can change in an instant. I have been encouraged to see the wonderful work of God in everything and every person that He has created, regardless of the circumstance.

I've learned to keep practicing patience and choosing joy, and I've been tested on those lessons a lot this year. I have learned again and again that God is capable of so much more than we could ever dream of, and that God works through us by the power of the Holy Spirit to do good work (and works) here on earth. I've learned that humanity can be the most beautiful and the most ugly thing in the world.

I pray that as I see each new year, I never stop learning lessons from life, even the tough lessons. I pray that you keep learning lessons too, through every situation and circumstance that life throws at you.

 Be blessed and shine in every lesson!

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