Happy New Year!! I know we celebrated New Year’s a few weeks ago, but it’s still the New Year. Of course, with every New Year, folks want to start making New Year’s resolutions. You know those resolutions, like “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” or “I’m going to get off social media for a month.” Or “I’m going to delete some of my Facebook friends.” Or “I’m going to do a dry January.” And then when you don’t follow through with those resolutions, you beat yourself up. Since I’m not into inflicting pain on myself, I let go of New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. Instead, I look at a New Year as a new beginning. Time for me to set new goals for myself. It’s a time for me to perhaps finish things on my list from the year before that I didn’t accomplish. A New Year for me means going harder for my goals. Harder than I went the year before. So, stepping into 2022, I decided to have that “unhindered faith.” I bet your saying, “Wow Kim you are so profound.” I’m not. I can’t take credit for that. The term unhindered faith came from my Pastor, Dr. Craig L. Oliver. He was spot on with that term. This is what he said should be our theme for the New Year.
Let me break it down for you. Unhindered means not to slow, block or interfere with. Basically, we can’t allow anything to interfere or block the faith that we have in God. God wants our faith to be fluid. The faith that you have has to influence and impact every aspect of your life. Even in your period of waiting, you must have unhindered faith.
Having that unhindered faith is not easy. You must put in work. You must nurture your relationship with God to get to that point where you have unhindered faith. Believe me I don’t have all of that figured out. There have been plenty of times in every aspect of my life that my faith was fragile. And it wasn’t until I learned to really let go and trust the process, that my faith got to a place where I was able to stand on its foundation with confidence.
There have been times if I’m honest, in my period of waiting for things to happen outside influences crept into my mind that tried to make me doubt my faith. Can you relate?
One of the goals that I set for myself last year was landing a new job. I have some financial and entrepreneurial goals that I am trying to meet. And having a new job would put me in a better position to achieve all of my goals. My job journey was not easy. During my job waiting period, I allowed thoughts in my mind to make me think that I could just stay where I was and remain comfortable. I even had moments when I doubted myself and the goals that I set for myself. However, the more that I applied to various positions and the flood of interviews kept coming through, made me realize that I was doing the right thing. God told me that I was going to get a new job, but I needed to lean on him. I just needed to be patient. It took about five months before I landed the role that I wanted. However, it was worth the wait. I got everything I asked for. A promotion, a salary increase and 100 percent remote. And here’s the thing, I interviewed with so many companies, that I stop keeping count. But the company that ended up hiring me, was not my first choice at the time of my interview. I wasn’t sure it was going to be a good fit for me. But I told God, “Put me where you want me to go.” And he ended up putting me with the company that I wasn’t sure about. Now, I’m so glad that he put me there. What a great match.
At one point when I thought the job was in the bag, there was a glitch. See, I had to do a background check and a drug test. Apparently, there was something on my background that gave them pause. And no, it wasn’t those times where I got arrested. LOL. If you don’t know then you don’t know. I will have to talk about that in another post.
On my background I had a misdemeanor for blocking an intersection. Side Note: who knew that blocking an intersection was a misdemeanor? I digress. The blocking the intersection happened about 3 years ago, and when HR called me about it, questioning me I honestly couldn’t remember what she was talking about. Luckily, I was able to go back into my memory files and recall the events of that day. I told her what happened, and she was like, “Ok great. I can explain that. Don’t worry this incident won’t prevent you from getting the job.” Whew, I was relieved. But let me tell you, that was a time when doubt came in. However, I just reminded myself about what God promised me. Now, because of that issue with my background check I was not ready to tell anyone that I landed a new role. I wanted to wait until my drug test was cleared. I mean I didn’t want them calling me talking about, “um…we found some mysterious drug in your system.” I just waited until I got the official clear. Thankfully, my drug test came back clear. I was all good to tell the important people in my life that I landed a new role. This role was perfect for me. It was designed just for me. No, for real. It was designed just for me.
My new company really wanted me to work for them, but the role that I originally applied for, well they thought it was not good enough for me. Instead, they created an entirely new position for me. That’s right, read that again. They created a new position JUST FOR ME! I was getting ready to leave a company where the VP told me,“Kim you have a certain set of skills and we just don’t know what to do with you.” Excuse me? That’s like a man telling me, “Kim you have a certain set of qualities, that I just don’t know what to do with.” Well, I tell you what I will find a man who does know what to do with my skills. And that’s what I did. I found a job clearly that knew what to do to the point that they created an entire position for me. God said he had my back. And he did.
I’m telling you when you trust the process with unhindered faith watch how God will blow your mind! It may look finished to us from our vantage point but remember there’s still room for God to make things happen in your life.
I am here to tell you to stay the course – no matter what it is. And let go of what didn’t work or what didn’t go your way last year. This is a new year. You are HERE. You are blessed to see another day. Walk in your purpose this year!! Happy New Year!