Before You Countdown To 2017

Countdown To 2017

I was partially in shock this morning when I looked at the date on my phone and saw that it was 30th November, 2016. The date wasn’t what really shocked me. It was the fact that it was the last day of the 11th month of the year. The next day would usher in the last month of 2016. I was with my younger brother at the time. I looked at him and asked, just to be sure, “November has just 30 days, right?” He looked at me and said, “Yes.”

Now, my brother can be very funny when he wants to. Sarcasm is second nature to him. I looked at him smile and doubted if he had been speaking the truth. I immediately recited a rhyme I learnt many years ago in elementary school.

30 days have September, April, June and November

All the rest have 31, except February alone

Which has 28 days, and 29 days in each leap year

I don’t know if other people still use that rhyme. But I’ve found it extremely difficult to let that rhyme go. It has helped in so many ways. Yes, that rhyme was inspired by God!

Immediately after I had confirmed that November had 30 days, the first thing to escape my lips was, “Wow.. so it’s 25 days to Christmas!” Now, that’s the first time I’ve used a countdown in a long while. My birthday was last week Wednesday. Guess what? My friends had been doing the countdown for me. They had been my reminders. I’m not a fan of countdowns. I don’t know why. It’s not like any countdown has ever disappointed me. I just don’t do it. Except on rare occasions.

After I had said that, I began to see, for the first time this year, the year ahead – the year 2017. And my mind quickly registered that this year had just 31 days to go. Awesome, right? Well, in my own opinion, countdowns to any new year are serious tasks.

Before you countdown to 2017, close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax. So many of us get so caught up in holidays like Christmas, New Year, Easter, etc. that we really miss out very salient points which I think are worthy of note. I remember writing at the start of the year how January 1st Was Just Another Friday. What really matters is not the fact that another cycle begins. Really, what else do most of us really countdown to? Just another cycle. We start from January 1st and move to December 31st. Same circle, just with a digit difference in the year – 6 just changes to 7.

I believe that what matters more than any countdown is how much you’ve done in 2016. Can you still remember your resolutions for 2016? Can that precious paper where you wrote down your goals for the year still be found? Or did it find its way to the waste bin sometime in April? Can you remember half the things you had planned to do you while were crossing over to 2016? How many of those goals are no longer goals but achievements? Can you say that you’ve grown in 2016? I believe that these things are bigger and weightier than any countdown.

So, before you countdown, take a sheet of paper and retrospect. Look back at the year and assess yourself. If you’ve started your countdown already, sending messages and informing people (who already know that the year is coming to an end soon) that it’s 31 days to 2017, I strongly advise that you take a break. List out your successes. List out your failures. List out your mistakes.

I won’t be the best person to tell you how to assess your year. You can do that on your own. But, seriously, take some time out to look at the year 2016 and score yourself. Use your goals and resolutions as the master score sheet and assess yourself. Do this before you continue with your countdown to 2017.

Don’t forget to drop your comments. I’ll love to hear from you. Do you think countdowns are a big deal?



7 thoughts on “Before You Countdown To 2017

  1. Totally nice read. I had to mentally note a few points.
    – I can never believe words of mouths if I don’t first recite the Month Rhyme in my mind before I agree to the days in the months. “Does June have 31days?” Me: erm…(4secs later) Naaaaaa

    – I rememebr my resolutions. And I only followed through till half the year passed. I wish I went further, I mean..It’s already the end of the year innit

    I thnak God for the grace, the plans, the activities, the year!

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  2. I definitely believe countdowns are good. Right now, my family has moved a young man in to help him get his life in order but he isn’t really being about his business. It’s been over 6 months now and he still has excuses. My brother and sis have done all that the Lord has said to do. As of this week (I believe he finds out today), the next step is to give him a deadline date or he is to leave. This brought to remembrance an example from my life: I used to be hell on wheels, too. I had no reason to get it together because that was my upbringing. Well, that was and is an excuse. I used it to my advantage…until the Good Lord intervened, at least to the point, where I came to realize it. Meeting friends, whom I call my bro and sis, from church and moving in upon offer, a stranger/nut, into their home. LOL I laugh because just yesterday, my sis and I were talking and I asked her why did they just let me stay in spite of the hell I caused without a deadline as they have given our new edition to the house. She said that she didn’t know. She said God knew what they didn’t. They were being obedient to the Lord and she assumed that God was still giving me time because I actually wanted change (I didn’t think so then), was inquisitive and did start changing, but progress was not where He needed it. Even He has a time for grace and mercy and they could have ran short after so long without any real change. So, He was giving me time and I took up on it. This young man has the same opportunities that I did and he is absolutely not taking up on it. I pray that he does because I am a product of change and had I not, I know for a fact that I would have been dead because God told me so. I planned on moving back home maybe a year or so into my living with my new fam. I just couldn’t hack it I felt but I made leaps and bounds by then. By this time, the Lord had made it known to me that He speaks to His people. Well, not long after this incident, I went into prayer and He revealed to me that He was going to take me. He said that I had no intention to do better had I went back to St. Louis. I didn’t think so but He, and only He, knows all. I am glad that I didn’t because now I can say that I honestly wouldn’t have done better. I would still be the same rotten egg that I was before coming to know the Lord and I would have been without excuse because I had seen and known His goodness.
    So, yeah, I know for a fact that countdowns, deadlines and true resolutions are a good thing. Just look into my diary!!!

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