Growth means making choices

climb-blogGrowing and gaining more and more responsibilities forces you to start prioritizing factors in your life. Making one remove and shorten time spent on the very things they consider as not important or less important in order to make room for those classed as the more trivial matters.

Sometimes it can feel like a trap because we get your identity from a lot of the things we give ourselves to. One can be mother, a wife, a counsellor, a student, a writer, head of a society etc. Yet at different points in our lives we are forced to choose between those characteristics that we consider to be true to our very nature and those that aren’t or those we don’t have the time to imbibe.

Well at some point in making those choices I started over- rationalising and in return my spiritual life suffered gravely. Not spending as much time in church gatherings and just doing as I please with my faith really. After all my faith is not centred upon how much religious practices I carry out but my heart for God. Which is well and true but little did I know that my actions just indicated where my heart was at.

And it was not as close to my maker as I would have liked it to be.

Jesus taught in the book of Matthew 6:21 that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The MSG version reiterated this message in a more current style stating that ‘the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be and end up being’.

I mean when we think of it, we can have perfectly excusable reasons to not be as dedicated as we’d like in certain areas of our lives; but just like the MSG version stated, we’ll end up being where we most want to be. And this does not come by wishful thinking.

Growing up and maintaining your core values in an ever-changing world will require hard work and subjecting oneself to discipline. One thing however that has worked for me is occasionally reflecting honestly on where I am in life and what I’m about- checking if I’m being true to myself, If I’m genuinely happy with where I’m at, what I’m doing and ultimately if I’m growing and getting better or getting worse?

This is not to say that I do not acknowledge that life happens and hence sometimes I may not be my strongest or most dedicated.

But it is to ensure that weakness does not become a habit in a place where strength is supposed to thrive; and darkness does not overcome the light in our lives.

 

Love and Blessings…

 

 

Happy new year! let’s start it right…

Hello my dear readers, first of all I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a new year filled with love, happiness and God. It’s a new year and I’m sure that some of you have written up new year’s resolutions, drafted plans, ideas and set targets to meet this new year. Although I personally am yet to draft a new year’s plan/ resolution but I do know what I want for sure this year and that is for everything I do or plan to do, to be filled with God (Jesus Christ). This is based on two scriptures – “A man’s heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9) and  “You can make many plans but the Lord’s purpose will prevail” (Proverbs 19:21).

Now why those scriptures are very self-explanatory, I do believe God wants the very best for all of us his children, because his word says “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. So let’s not leave God out of our plans and only remember him, when things are not going as planned. I’ve decided this year, that God first before anything else.

Another thing I’d like to share is that although God is there to make our lives easier, He is not there to make us lazy people. Before I used to think that as long as I have handed my life to God, I don’t need to work as hard for anything well let’s just say that didn’t go down well. You see scriptures tell us that faith without works is dead, while I have prayed beforehand and laid out my desires before God concerning the new year, I need to give God something to work with in my life. I can’t sit at home praying all day everyday and not do anything because that will not get me anywhere in life. Scriptures lets us know that He will bless the works of our hands so let’s give God something to bless.

Finally I want you all to know that God will never leave you or forsake you as you go through this year, just keep trusting him and he will direct your path, God bless…

Keep Keeping on!

Dnt give up

The Lord is good to those who wait for him (Lam. 3:25)

So here I was writing up a piece for you my amazing readers to probably get inspired and encouraged by. I was typing away and being encouraged myself really and then my dear laptop decided that it was time to undertake an unexpected and un-warned shutdown. Well you can imagine my frustration! My work for the most part was lost and I started saying I mean God you should have prevented that you know after all it’s about you I was writing about and I really just wanted to call it a night.

Then a thought just flashed through my mind and I remembered discussing with my bible study group about the apostles in the book of acts how regardless of the many challenges they faced, it didn’t stop them from pursuing their God given goals regardless.

Some of us maybe pursuing goals which you believe is God that has put in your heart or goals you believe God supports all the way but then, you suddenly reach a road block or experience some sort of challenge that made you think maybe God wasn’t really into that idea and sadly some of us give up on potentially big dreams. Now one thing is for sure, God didn’t promise that achieving your dreams would be as straight forward as we all plan it to be. Even Jesus had to suffer a lot to reach his God given purpose. I mean if he decided during the really hard times he was going through that maybe this really isn’t what God wants hence why he’s going through all that difficulty, we may not have had salvation today. So bugger up my dear friends and keep pursuing your God given dreams, even if you fail at it several times, pick yourself up, trust God and keep keeping on! His grace is sufficient!