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Lessons from 2019

For me, 2019 had many many challenges, yet, it brought powerful life lessons too. I will try to share these lessons, not in any particular order.

  • You only have one life to live. Your number one priority is to live right. Do right by God. Try to the best of your ability to have a relationship with Him.
  • People will disappoint you. Rather, to trust in God than in man.
  • Steve Harvey taught me that, I have not, because I ask not. (James 4: 2b). The same James also said, ‘every good gift and every perfect gift cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,’ (James 1:17). So, I’m learning to ask from God, but, I’m also asking the Holy Spirit to intercede for me so I don’t ask amiss for my own selfish lusts.
  • Another lesson from 2019 is, do your best and leave the rest to God. Prayer alone won’t give you food on the table, after praying I got to do some work…
  • Mr Harvey also taught me another lesson from the good Book, Proverbs 18:16, ‘A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.’ This actually was the highlight of my year. I immediately embarked on a journey in search of my gift. It’s been amazing. I intend to carry on along this journey until I discover that which will bring me before great men…. Like Steve Harvey.
  • I also learnt to have a vision. Mr Harvey says, ‘write your vision down.’ Another word from the Bible, Habakkuk 2: 2.
  • Life is in seasons. Sometimes one season lingers a little bit longer than usual, but every season has a lesson. And after the lesson comes the tests. If we don’t pass, we re-do it until we get it right. Like the Israelites in the wilderness. They kept complaining, they kept groaning and doubting God. The result was 40years of wandering in the wilderness. The lesson is, understand your season, accept it and adjust accordingly. The Bible says, ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ.
  • The last but not least lesson is that, I got to do me. I got to be conscious of how I’m spending my time, who I’m spending it with. I got to be conscious of how I treat others, how to make whatever circumstance I’m in better. I have to stop looking at how other people are doing things. I can’t change people’s attitudes but, I can change mine.
  • P.S… have learnt to let people go. If it’s their time to leave my life, I got to let them go. Running after people is a complete waste of time. It’s just postponing the inevitable.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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