Call me late, but I just saw the 2009 movie, Not Easily Broken, yesterday. I don’t know why it took me 4 years to finally see this movie, adapted from the novel of the same name by Bishop T.D. Jakes, but it couldn’t have happened at a more relevant time.
The movie chronicled the marital woes of Clarice and Dave Johnson. I won’t recap the movie, since that’s not the point of my post. There’s a quote that Dave Johnson (played by Morris Chestnut) gives at the end of the movie that sums up 2013 for me:
Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down so you can learn how to live right side up.
2013 turned me upside down and shook me and I was beyond ready to tell it “goodbye.” As dawn broke and I awakened to a new day; the last day of 2013, instead of having a “good riddance” attitude, I instead began to be thankful. I was thankful for the people and things that shook me; as well as for those who stood by hoping to collect on what I seemingly lost. Taking a piece of me will never break me (I’m not easily broken), nor will it make one become me.
You see, what didn’t kill me, made YOU stronger. Yep, I said it correctly. The shaking did affect me. I was knocked off balanced for a while, but never knocked off my feet. I have a great “construction” team of friends and family who helped to put (pray) me back together again. I have always been resilient. Cut me and I will bleed, but I will heal. A lot of what I went through this year, however, wasn’t just for me to learn how to live life right side up, but for YOU to learn how to live right side up, too!
My posts in this blog as well as on Facebook (and even a few on Twitter), serve as encouragement for you to laugh more, live more, share more, and give more. Find the joy and the value in every situation. Be grateful. Write your vision and partner with people who can help you to execute your dreams! Shake out the dead weight. Ignore those standing underneath you trying to get what you have. They’re not important. Focus on what God has given you, what He’s promised you, and remember that’s all that really matters in life!
My life isn’t perfect, but it’s being perfected every day. The “shaking” in 2013 is allowing me to enjoy the fullness of right side up living in 2014.
Happy New Year!