I guess this is the time to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017. It’s been an interesting year with many highs and lows. I don’t think it’s important to breakdown every little thing that occurred over the past 12 months, but maybe just touch on the things that had the greatest impact.
In March, my Reynolda High School boys basketball team lost in the Championship game of the Hoops4Him basketball league. I know many might wonder how a church league high school basketball game could have such a big impact. It wasn’t so much the game but more of how the game played out. Reynolda basketball has always been a family. Year after year our kids continue to come back and want to play on Sundays and that is special. What I learned from the defeat was humility. We were going for 4 in a row and in the end there was some unfortunate reactions that led us to not show the proper amount of respect that we would like. I love these kids. Each and every kid has a special place in my heart because they have been a huge part of my life for the last 8 years. This defeat hit home to me that these are kids and they make mistakes. Although we would have liked things to go differently, the Reynolda family only grew stronger and closer together, which I think is a huge deal.
In April, I was able to watch my little one’s cheerleading team bring home the Championship in their Myrtle Beach competition. It’s funny, but growing up you always hear your parents say they want you to do better than they did and if you are like me, you kind of didn’t believe them. I believe them now. I thought I was as competitive as anyone and wanted to always be first but when I see Laekyn on the cheer floor and I have absolutely no control of what is going to happen, I just pray that everything goes great! Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t, but to see the joy and happiness on her face from taking the Championship, then I knew this meant more to me than anything I’ve ever accomplished.
In May, I purchased a house that I thoroughly love. Over the past several years, people who know me best know that I’ve gone through some internal struggles. Things haven’t always been how I thought they should be in my life. I had to start over and rebuild what I thought would never crumble. When I purchased this house, it was like a new chapter was starting in my life and for the first time in a long time, I was in the right place at the right time. Everything is in front of me and now it’s just my job to go get it.
At the end of May I lost a very important piece of my life. My Paw-Paw was a very special man. I spent so much time with him growing up that I know I am part of the way I am because of him. I will never see a Krispy Kreme or a Mayberry without having a smile on my face from our visits there, especially when he’d give me a quarter to play Tecmo Bowl. I am glad he isn’t in pain anymore and am so blessed for the time I had with him.
I guess you could say the first half of my year was packed with moments while the 2nd half was a little bit quieter. For a June to December summation…Bought a Supra, got a
cat, celebrated Laekyn’s birthday with a limo, got a year older, and went to Dankfest. That pretty much sums up 2016.
As we turn the page to 2017 we are faced with many challenges. The country is divided along many issues. I say we leave the governing of the country up to the elected officials and we leave the healing of our nation to our Heavenly Father. We have gotten so wrapped up in all the political back and forth, myself included, but at the end of the day there is only one person I control the actions of, and that is myself. Social media is littered with people being upset and I get it. I understand that when you are upset and angry the easiest thing to do is lash out and with social media you have been given an outlet. I want to give you another outlet.
- “If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker, If you feel lost, He’s a way maker.If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior.
If you got chains, He’s a chain breaker.”
My God is a chain breaker. My God is a pain taker. My God is a way maker. Don’t rely on a politician to do something for you because they can be swayed and influenced. God just wants to hear from you.
In 2017, let’s move this country…not to the left or to the right, but towards
the heavens cause that is where this country’s Savior truly lives.