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There will be road blocks.

There will be obstructions.

There will be diversions.

There will be delays.

The road will be slippery.

The paths will be thorny.

The inclement weather will surely come.

There will be obstacles

For all the road blocks, obstructions and diversions and thorny paths, there will always be an alternative route as long as you do not allow the obstacles you encounter to paralyze you.

On the human angle; there will be backbiting, betrayal, gutter talks about you, resentment, hatred, disloyalty and what can you think of. While acknowledging them all, can you also acknowledge the fact that on this same human angle, men and women are waiting to lift you; waiting to put a smile on your face; waiting to support and show you the way to the ladder. They are waiting…waiting to ensure that you get to the desired arrival point. They are not just there, the One whose power holds the heavens and the earth; the One who commands and never eat His words has set them along your path. This He has done to ensure you get there not minding the bumpy roads and the distractions. WELCOME TO 2024!

2023 is gone with all its challenges. We were victorious. The fact that we made it this far is an indication that whatever we could not achieve or attain in 2023 was not meant to be. Dust your jackets and your shoes. Put up that smiling face because nobody will buy into a frowning face. Psalm 23: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death….” We are only WALKING THROUGH the challenges. The more reason you should keep moving. Don’t be static. Real transformation does not come to a static life.

This is 2024. Let it be a canvas of endless possibilities. As each day unfolds like a precious gift, unwrap the gift as God has presented it to you. As you read through this lines, forget the challenges and uncertainties of 2023. They have nothing to offer you in 2024. Don’t let them define you and your ability. All you need is for courage to guide you and resilience to be your compassion in order to run through 2024.

Let’s leave behind the challenges and uncertainties of the past, learning from them but not letting them define us. As we step into the unknown of the future, let courage be our guide and resilience our companion. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

It is understandable that the challenges of life can give us a hard punch. Receive the punch but do not be knocked out. Of a truth, when life gets hard, it’s easy to shove God aside. We feel so dazed, and faith can feel like just another responsibility to keep up with. But wait for it, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

As we embark on the journey through 2024, remember that every sunrise in 2024 is a symbol of new beginnings. It should serve as a reminder to us that we have the power to create a brighter, more beautiful world and a more better us. Welcome the New Year with gratitude and anticipating goodness, mercies, love and blessings of the future.

Winston Churchill said: “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”. Benjamin Franklin quoted, “By failing to plan, you are preparing to fail”. These two great leaders knew what success is against adversity. Are you making plans? Are you just waiting to be served without making an order? That will only happen at a party, but note, 2024 is not party time but a time to dust yourself, pick up the pieces, put them together and move on,

This New Year is a chance for you and me to start afresh. 2024 is a collection of 366 blank pages presented to us. They are 366 pages waiting for me and waiting for you. Will you scribble jargons on the pages? Will you fill the pages with stories of love? Will the pages carry your plans and how to go about them? Will you write your goals and the paths to follow on the pages? Will you just sit and open each page every morning without putting something on it? What would you do and do differently as compared to the 365 pages presented to you in 2023?

The answers, my friend, are not blowing in the wind. The answers are in you and with you.

May 2024 be a journey of self-discovery. May we have the grace to embrace our strengths and work on our weaknesses with the help of God and with our decision to hold on to Him at all times. Learn to conquer the seas today and be rest assure, you will conquer the ocean tomorrow.

Welcome, 2024; welcome to 2024. Happy New Year to you all!