The Loudmouth Protestant

January 1, 2008

This Is It!!!

For the past few weeks I have been blasting Kirk Franklin’s latest CD and one of my favorite songs is “This Is It.” It’s a warfare song which is appropriate for the CD which is title “The Fight of My Life.” The first line in the song is

“I’m a cry now, go ahead and get it out of my system, I’m a hurt now, but soon I gotta get back to livin’, Can’t be here next year giving you these same tears.”

Those words mark so much of my life in 2007. It’s not that I was overly sad about any one thing, but I found that I was fretting alot. I was worried about not ever getting married, I was worried about my parents passing on, I was worried about my job, I was worried about my skin, I was worried about my relationship with God. I was a worry-wart but as of last night, December 31, 2007, I decided that I can’t be that person anymore. It takes entirely too much time to worry and be stressed out about things I don’t have any control over. Worrying gives the devil an upperhand and tells him that you are going to believe his report instead of the report of the Lord.

So now, on the first day of January I am renewed woman. I know it is going to be a day-by-day process but I know that I have to be encouraged for myself. Imagine, in my church’s Watchnight service the sermonic selection was “Encourage Yourself.” Well that is exactly what I am going to do this year. I am going to encourage myself, I am going to take care of myself and I am going to love myself unconditionally just as God loves me. It’s time to make this the best year ever and I hope that you will have an incredibly blessed year as well.


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