TODAY, we bid farewell to 2017 as we enter a new year. It is the opportune time to pose and thank God for his goodness in the previous year and say that his grace has brought us thus far.
In the year that is coming to a close, we walked with a number of people who hoped to see another year added to their lives. Unfortunately, they have not made it to the new year.
It is not because we are any better than them that we have been able to see the end of the year. It is not because of our own doing that we have reached the end of the year.
God is at the centre of it all. As he drove us on his train of life, he made us arrive at our destination, the end of the year while some of our relatives or colleagues dropped off along the way and at various destinations by way of death.
This is why we find this day a fitting one to express our gratitude to God, look back and reflect on the previous year and look to another year with much expectation.
We know that there are opportunities that have eluded us in the previous year while we have excelled in some ventures we undertook.
Some of the activities we engaged in were borne out of the resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. For some activities, we sought to seize some opportunities that presented themselves before us.
All in all, we worked, or engaged in some venture we expected to bring about benefits for ourselves and for others.
The beginning of a new year gives us another chance to do better the things we failed to carry out last year or to come up with new plans altogether as we make a list of new resolutions.
Let us remember to make resolutions that we will be able to achieve and for the benefit of our nation.
Where ever we work, each one of us has a responsibility to serve people, whether in a public office or in a private firm.
But much more, our primary responsibility is to God, no matter the kind of work we do.
In Ephesians 6:7, the Bible says, “Serve with good will, as to the Lord and not to men and furthermore in Colossians 3:23, it says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men”.
Scriptures like these should guide us in 2018 so that we work diligently, even when our supervisors are not watching over us.
Wherever we work, let us give our supervisors the confidence that we will do a good job in our tasks not for the sake of our supervisors but for God’s sake.
In the new year, let us not be motivated to work for our own selfish ends but for the good of all people around us. In this way, each one of us can make our contribution to the development of our nation.
It is cardinal to see what we can give to our nation instead of what the nation can give us. We each have a duty to leave our nation a better place than we found it.
Given the resources our nation is blessed with, the potential for development remains immense and that is why we should apply diligence to our work ethics to bring about better benefits for all.
If we apply ourselves well to our tasks, we will be able to look back at 2018 as year that was well spent. Happy New Year to you all.