I cannot stop thanking God for 2016. It wasn't a perfect year for us but we're still here, blessed, privileged and opportuned to be ushered into a new year. Isn't God simply awesome.
We've talked about 2016 and that's over and done with, so now we look forward, we look ahead, we look up and aim higher.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and he started to talk about the economic projections for 2017 and how we haven't even begun to see "suffer" yet in Nigeria. This friend is a very successful multi-millionaire whose businesses are beyond thriving, but as we talked I could see the pain he felt, especially when he told me how he had to lay off some of his workers sometime in November. "These people, some of them have worked for me for 10,15 years, they have families and responsibilities, they are my family! It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, telling them that I can no longer afford to pay them so I have to give them the sack"
Yet, this same guy has put strategies and structures in place for his businesses for 2017, tomorrow he has a flight out for a couple of meetings in Abuja, and already has various meetings around the country and beyond for the next few months. He is still hiring a few more staff, with more competence and experience. He shut down his PH office but immediately opened one in Abuja. He is thinking even harder and smarter than he was before.
What I learnt from this is that no matter the projections, predictions and set backs, one must regroup, restrategize, refuel and soldier on, if one must succeed.
When he started talking about the projections my head started to throb because I didn't want to start my year thinking about all that negativity, but at the end of the day this is the current Nigerian reality and ignorance, in this case, is not bliss.
So I told my head to calm down and learn. He, the same person who says "Buhari is sending Nigeria to hell", isn't folding his arms and taking the train ride to whichever bleak place they say Nigeria is headed. He is using his brain to fight hell and high water and still making those millions.
It was an inspiring lesson with which to begin the year. May God give us the grace, the vision and the power to stay above, be lifted up even when others are being casted out and ultimately to create wealth even in a recession.
May this be the year where those who have yet to see what is in their hands receive divine clarity, receive vision to know and fulfil their purpose, receive the grace to transform this vision to reality.
May He watch over us every second of the day, keeping us out of harms way. We and our loved ones shall be safely ensconced under the canopy of Christ where no evil, no attack, no harm, no accident, sickness, disease or pain can touch us.
In 2017 may those of us who pray for marriage be blessed with spouses who value, love and cherish us. May those of us who are believing God for the fruit of the womb have the cries of a baby or babies by the end of this year. May God renew, restore and refresh the love in the homes of the married among us.
May our careers make even greater sense this year. May our businesses grow. May we encounter divine increase and be comforted on all sides.
May each day be filled with joy, favour and love.
May we and ours be greatly blessed!
Happy New Year my amazing blog readers.
I love you all so much and I wish nothing but the best for you.
... How did you cross over guys? Did you go to church? Did you go to a party or the club? Or did you go to church then to club? Did you crossover at home, counting down until you entered 2017? Or did you sleep in 2016 and wake up in 2017? LOL
I went for Crossover Makeover which was hosted by This Present House and held at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel. It was fabulous, an awesome way to start the new year, and oh, I spotted several celebrities too; Waje, Banky W, Adesuwa Etomi, Makida Moka etc etc etc. We praised, and sang and danced and danced and prayed, and there were fireworks and we just generally had a blast. How did you cross over?