New beginnings… I feel that this year will be a year of new beginnings and new accomplishments. However, though I feel this year will bring a newness of life, I also understand that it’s not going to come easy. I can see that this year will also be a year of separation and investment… as I have already begun to separate myself from various pursuits and people, so that I can invest the necessary time and energy into the things that will ultimately help me achieve my goals in life.

Day 1 of 2013 was a great illustration of how this year will ultimately be for me. I remember spending New Year’s Eve at my apartment sitting on my roommate’s couch working on my laptop all during the night, without any care for celebration or desire to be anywhere else. I was perfectly content. Sitting and working, focused on trying to do what I needed to do in order to survive and thrive in this town in California called the City of Angels.

Everyday is a new day to create something, accomplish something, listen and learn about something, or speak some words of life into someone. And, as I become busy with all that goes into simply living life in Los Angeles, I have had to evolve to be a better manager of time; and subsequently, it allows me to see clearer just how fast time flies. I was just thinking today about how January is almost over, and February is just a little over a week away. Where has all of my time gone?

In the past few months, I saw that the more attention I paid to my current everyday circumstances, which may or may not have included time spent managing relationships, pursuing things of little consequence, etc…. the less attention I paid to achieving the goals that I want to achieve in my life.

Some may say that time goes by fast when you’re having fun, and I believe that’s a true statement. The Bible says that this life in which we live is just for a moment…

James 4:14 says “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”  

Last night, as I was driving back home; I was listening to a song called 100 years, by Five for Fighting, on the radio as I was driving back to my friend’s apartment. I had just finished spending some time with a young lady at a downtown coffee shop. In my car, hearing the lyrics of the song, I just felt an overwhelming urgency to just value, embrace, and be wise about how I spend my time, and also who I spend it with.

I believe this new year of 2013 will be awesome! I can already see myself doing things I’ve never done before, like spending the night camping out on the beach, visiting winery’s walking the vineyards picking fresh grapes from the vine, or whatever. And, guess what?? This year I’m even taking a new attitude towards seeking relationships with women. I received a revelation this week to stop pursuing girls… yes, I know that sounds crazy! My new mindset is to wait… I feel I will find her, and she will find me, as I begin my new journey in this life in the City of Angels.

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Jason Perry

I'm a black man with Christian values. A father to my son, a friend to those who desire my friendship, a lover of life and even more...

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