So I won’t give up;
No, I won’t break down;
Sooner than it seems life turns around.
And I will be strong,
Even if it all goes wrong;
When I’m standing in the dark I’ll still believe;
Someone’s watching over me.

By: Gabriela Yareliz

2014 was a rollercoaster year. For some, it came with big changes: broken hearts, healing, divorce, marriage, engagements, loss of loved ones, natural disasters, babies and graduations.

2015 is going to be our year, but like every year, it will bring its deserts and valleys, along with beautiful forests and ocean views.

This year was really important for me. It was a very successful academic and professional year. I met beautiful people from whom I learned a lot. I had my first successful cases, and I went gluten free. *Long-suffering grin*. I started work that has challenged and will continue to challenge my creativity, mind and compassion. I learned a lot about myself, and my voice grew stronger.

This year, I met my favorite politician on the planet through amazing providence. I was published in a magazine I grew up reading. It hasn’t all been rosy. There were dark moments when everything seemed to go wrong. There have been stretches of loneliness, pain, rejection and crazy uncertainty. Some of those things haven’t exactly vanished, but I have been so overwhelmed with so many answered prayers and God’s faithfulness. God has been there every step of the way. Celebrating the year behind us is not only about the one year but about everything that has led up to it.

Through difficult decisions, blessings came out of some unexpected sources. For example, I was sponsored with a stipend for my work this summer. I was sponsored by a center that heard of the work I would be doing, and it wanted to support me. I didn’t even apply to the center for the fellowship. God continues to pour out unexpected blessings, and He continues weaving this mysterious tapestry.

It is wonderful to look back and see how far we have all come. I was reflecting on this with some old friends. We have all grown and learned things along the way; some are in unexpected places.

I am so grateful that despite our mistakes, God is patient with us. Even as we keep making the same mistakes and wandering about, He loves us with an eternal love and continues to draw us with loving kindness.

This reminds me of my dog, when she happens to decide to be a rebel and she eats a CD case or something that is inedible. The family gets frustrated when she has these vengeful lapses, even after years of training and not eating things that aren’t food. She hurts herself, yet there is still this love and compassion you have toward a naughty pet (those of you with pets understand). I think we often stubbornly act the same way, and God looks upon us with loving mercy.

I speak for myself. I am hoping that this year, I will be less stubborn. I hope I will grow and honor God in all that I do. I am grateful that despite my pride, mistakes and stupidity, God has promised to finish the work He has begun in my heart. (Philippians 1:6).

I am praying for more growth, sensitivity, patience and grace…

I hope my 2015 is a year used to serve and love people; loving others unconditionally, wanting nothing in return. Love is what it is all about. Sacrificial love; inconvenient love; unreserved love; love that hurts because it is real.

“True Christian benevolence springs from the principle of grateful love. Love to Christ cannot exist without correspondong love to those whom He came into the world to redeem. Love to Christ must be the ruling principle of the being, controlling all the emotions and directing all the energies. Redeeming love should awaken all the tender affection and self sacrificing devotion that can possibly exist in the heart of man.” Testimonies to the Church, Vol.3, pg 396, Ellen G. White

I am so grateful for 2014. It has been magic. 2015 will be great, though. Physical beauty deteriorates, but wisdom and the beauty of the soul grows more and more beautiful as time passes.

Make this your moment; make this a year where dreams come true; make this the year where you don’t give up. The two thousands are 14 going on 15. *wink* It’s time to bust out the quinceañero dress.

How is 2014 ending for you?

2014 ends for me with a flashback of myself standing on the corner of Kenmare and Lafayette in Manhattan getting soaked; soaked with rain and mysterious blessings to come.

“The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy.” John Green

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

2 thoughts on “2014

  1. Such inspiring thoughts that reverberates deeply!
    Thank you for writing such a nice one!
    A very happy and a blessed new year to you.

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