This year has been a rough year.
Actually, the last 18 months have been a roller coaster of so many changes in mine and my immediate circle of friend’s lives.
We have had hospital admissions more numerous to count, funerals, redundancies, mental health issues, financial challenges, dietary changes (no chocolate for one), marriage challenges, kid challenges, parental challenges and personal burn out at a level that you would not wish on your worst enemy.
We fall into the end of this year and are all praying that 2019 is better than 2018, and how 2017 finished.
It has not all been horrible though. There have been changes in jobs, and readjustments in workflow, new businesses getting off the ground and other ones growing in work to the point that they need to turn away new clients. It has been a year of pressing in to God together. Holding firm to His promises.
It has involved midnight runs to the hospital to sit in the chapel to pray with our friend. It has involved standing with people as they grieve great losses, it has been a year of showing up as the hands and feet of Jesus in a real and tangible way.
I often like to talk about tribe, and why it is so important to have a group of “no matter what” friends around you. And I still think this is one of the key things in feeling supported and growing as a person and as a business owner.
Your tribe members are people who bring out the best in you. Who are there for you in the good times and the bad. They are the people who will tell you when you are out of line and love you anyway. They are the people who do strange and funny things with. They embrace your quirkiness and your bad singing!
When it’s all said and done, we need people (and Godly people are the best) who are by our sides, cheering us on, believing in us when we don’t believe in ourselves, there through the good times and the bad. The ones that sit with the grieving, rejoice with the victors and do the mundane things in the middle too.
As we sit and reflect on this year, that many have found tricky, what I notice most is not the challenges so much, but the people. The people who have stepped up and taken the seat next to me in my blanket forte and said “I’m here right with you”.
That has been the biggest blessing that God has given me this year.
Merry Christmas, and may God show you the steps that he has planned for you in the coming new year.