Writer: Leah Oketcho

Guess what, you somehow made it to 2021 and I am over the moon that you did. Some of us wished there was a way we would just continue with 2020. Maybe because even though 2020 was hard and came to us like a thief in the night, we had begun to find our steps, learnt to go around it. Unfortunately, 2021 is something we don’t get a say in. It is time and time moves forward no matter what.

At some point last year we were excited for the American elections because everyone knows that what America decides will in many ways affect the rest of the world. But then after the elections ended we waited with excitement to meet the new president or keep the former but were stopped in our tracks with confusion and opinions of all manner from all corners. After trying so hard to figure it out, we have decided to simply wait on the final announcement as the processes seem to be tedious to fathom.

So now my fellow Ugandans we look to our very own elections. What will it look like? Is it safe to stay in the country? Should I vote? Is it worth it? Should I trust in God to set it right? Many of us are undecided on what to do and can hardly relax on the subject. The country and the world have been battling the CORONA virus most of 2020 but even through this, and knowing just how deadly the disease is, the campaign processes have continued. Frankly, it is a little frightening to know that the people are more invested in politics rather than saving life.

January is upon us and only the beginning of the year. We are looking forward to the end of this election and are hoping that somehow, it will not leave the city in ruins with more bodies to bury and more wounds to clean up.

This year for me, is a year to reinvent myself. A year when I must begin to see things through to the end. It turns out as I discovered, I am quite good and incubating ideas and starting on them but tend to get bored somewhere along the way. I know this may have been the worst period to take risks given the environment and the residual effects brought in by the changes COVID-19 forced the world into. It seems like the scales are tipped and not in the good way and one would be crazy to be taking major risks.

The thing though is for some reason I feel charged up to take on the big risk. I want to bring the child in me alive. I tried the grown up thing and it is overrated. I am already all set to climb my mountain and get out of the safety net.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear from different men of God about visions they have had for this year. Most of them, very scary. To quote one of them, “ 2021 seems to have a dark cloud over the country ” . We are all scared of the dark or at the very least the unknown and so this was quite hard to take in. Unlike many of those things where you just listen to a sermon on a sunday, say hello to the neighbors and have a big lunch, this one stuck with me. I fear that this was not just about COVID that still plagues us but many little things we experience in our daily lives. The good news is we have been equipped with everything we need for life and godliness.

“ His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness and to your goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control and to self-control, perseverance and to perseverance, godliness and to godliness, mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them in nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” 1Peter 1:3-9

Notice it doesn’t say some sins but cleansed from past sins. I know that every new day is an opportunity to be a better person and because of the Grace that is sufficient and the knowledge I have been given, I know this year I can see things through to completion.

Join me on this journey. Take something you are good at whether you love it or not; whether for some reason you think it is beneath you or “how will people see you doing that” sort of thing. If it is pure and pleasing to God then do it. Create for yourself a secondary source of income. If 2020 has taught us anything, we cannot rely on salaried jobs.

It will be hard. No doubt. It will probably require a lot of sacrifice. But isnt the best satisfaction not generated from hard work? Wouldn’t it be all worth it in the end? If the answer is yes, then let’s do this!

I will share my experience along the way on this journey and I really hope that you too will have the courage to take a step of faith.

Happy New Year!

Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “Join me on this journey. Take something you are good at whether you love it or not; whether for some reason you think it is beneath you or “how will people see you doing that” sort of thing. If it is pure and pleasing to God then do it. Create for yourself a secondary source of income. If 2020 has taught us anything, we cannot rely on salaried jobs”.
    Very positive indeed love it 👌

  2. Ironically, this is the same scripture that I was guided my meditations as we approached 2021.

    Glad to hear these insights from Someone familiar.

    God bless you as you pursue these virtues in Christ Jesus to be your own.

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