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It's Another Brand New Year!
Steve O. Alabi

Welcome to the brand new 2020. I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope that you had a holiday filled with fun, peace and joy with family and friends.

2019 was a tough year! There were numerous challenges. There were happy times as there were sad times. There were exciting times as there were disappointments. I had a major health challenge in November that started as something minor…thank God for the balm of Gilead and Jesus for the 32 stripes. I was made whole again.

Above all were the unexpected shocks which further proved that “Life Happens”. Through them all, we made it to 2020 by God's grace!

For me, it was a year of serious character reformation. I discovered how to a large extent to stop acting God and letting God be God. In other words, dependence on the Supreme Being.

As usual, we spent much time towards the end of 2019 in Nigeria for Coat of Many Colours Africa programmes. It was hectic catching up with work back log after recuperating from my illness in November. I’ve been working non-stop since then!

I spent the Christmas and Boxing Days planning for the work that lay ahead in the New Year. I pondered over my New Year’s resolutions. I usually spend the first week of January thinking over and praying about my goals for the New Year. My list is always far too long, and has too many items that have been repeated (and remain unattained) year after year.

This year, I have changed all that. I have only one hydra-headed resolution. I will be a better me in all aspects. Why, I confess that I’ve never prayed as much as I did in 2019. Thank God I was able to achieve much of the goals with his help. For the unattained, I leave them as SFGTD…Something for God to do.

Since you are reading this online, perhaps you also spend a great deal of time in the digital realm. And perhaps you too will want to set your own resolutions.
I’d love to hear yours, and would also love to hear from our readers who don’t engage in the practice of setting of resolutions.

Welcome to 2020, and have a fantastic year ahead.

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