“If you’re in the same position as you were the last year, you have not seen any maturation.” That is a quote my pastor has constantly preached to his congregation year in and year out. Well, I am proud to say that I believe I am in a totally different position than I was a year ago. We, as a society, do not look at new years as just another 365 days off the calendar; we look at the new year as a fresh new start, a fresh new start of hope – which is a powerful optimistic word. That’s why we commit to a new year’s resolutions. Three hundred sixty-five days ago, I was not where I am as of today. In the calendar year, I have been to new places, met new people, and overall, I feel that I am a more complete person. Let me just say I didn’t write this post to gloat about myself, I just wanted to use this platform to show what God has done for me in a year’s span. Here’s what God has done: Just in this year, I started this blog (Eackles’ Blog), met and interned for one of the biggest radio DJs of all-time (Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Foundation), became a sports writer for my university’s newspaper(North Texas Daily), currently working for an up and coming company whose mission is to end hunger in America (Tango Tab), and coming up in the spring semester, I will be collaborating on several projects with a coworker working for clients. As you can see, God has truly blessed me this year. I could not of asked for a better year, but even with everything I did do and accomplish this year, I still cannot afford to have another year like last. See, this is where that word maturation comes back into play. I have been blessed with another year to get where I want to be in my life, and with that, I cannot afford to take any steps backwards. In the past, when I was younger, I used to doubt myself. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized something. I’ve realized that I can literally do anything I want to do in my life; It just takes faith and hard work. Believe it or not, God has given us the power to speak things into existence. I didn’t see that when I was younger. I would of never understood this quote in the past, but now I do, and it cannot be any truer: Marianne Williams – who is a spiritual teacher and author, once said, “ Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Really take in what that quote means, and realize it is us that she is referring too.
For my news years resolution, it is simply this statement: Just be better than last year.. Be a better student; be a better son; be a better christian; be a better boyfriend; be a better worker, and most of all, just be a better human being. That one new years resolution is so simple, but simultaneously, it can be difficult but definitely attainable. God has allowed me to make it to another year for a reason, which means he is not done with me yet, and he still has a plan. I feel that I have come a long way during these 365 days, but I still have a ways to go. I’m still not sure if I am where I need to be, but I can say with confidence that I am not where I used to be. Remember, what my pastor said, it is all about the maturation process.
Here’s to a happy new year, and I want to thank everyone for my reading my ultimate new year’s resolution; I’ll try to be better next time. Happy new years everyone. Bring on the year of 2014.