Are you focused? Are your everyday choices guided by values that stem from deep convictions? If your answer to both questions is yes, it is likely that you know what you want, and know where you are going. Then your destination will not be mobile.
Living without values and convictions, results to lack of focus. There can be no focus when what you want is constantly changing. It is like going on a journey where you keep changing your destination everyday. You will never arrive.
Sadly, many of us live out our their days travelling life to a mobile destination.
The lapse of time gives credence to the fact that any new thing does get old. The new year is already losing its newness; it’s getting old.
For some the year is unfolding favourably, like the bright-coloured petals of a flower roused by the warmth of sunrise; for others, it is like a shrivelling flower hanging limp and dull in the scorching sun.
Life for some is like wine, getting better with age; for others it’s like bad milk, every day increasing in foulness. Some feel this is an injustice or a disparity of life.
The vicissitude of life is a universal leveler – it happens to us all, at different times, in different ways, to different extents. One minute we seem to have our ducks lined up in a row, the next minute we cannot make sense of our lives.
I was jolted by news of the death of a colleague’s teenage daughter a few days ago. The peace with which they swam into the year has been rudely interrupted. I can’t begin to imagine the grief he and his family are going through over this loss. One can be sunk down by the weight of such grief.
You may be hurting from a disappointment or an injustice, lamenting over a slip up, failing in living out your resolutions, feel stuck in a frustrating situation, paying the price of a wrong choice…
In spite of how deplorable your situation may be, it is not out of place to be positive and still be hopeful. It is tough, yet it is the right attitude.
Disappointments are temporary. They can be stepping stones while they last. Beneficial lessons can be gleaned from mistakes and bad choices. Resolutions can be remade, and achieved; you are not stuck in that rut for good. Don’t give up!
Failure is not falling down or being knocked down, it is remaining in your fallen state and refusing to get back up. If you get up as many times as you fall, you will eventually be good at how not to fall. Things can only get better, if you always remember that, “problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines (Robert H. Schuller).”
“If you get up as many times as you fall, you will eventually be good at how not to fall.”
– Jenom Makama
Life still holds a lot of promise for you.
Put your trust in God. As you strive, remember you cannot do it alone. You need the help of Him who knows the end from the beginning. Jesus says, ‘Apart from me you can’t do a thing.’ (John 15:5).
Our sovereign God knows and cares about your predicament. He promises “I will never leave you, I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5). “The righteous person may have many troubles,but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (Psalms 34:19).
Heed to the counsel in the lines of a Kirk Franklin song, “God’s Got it All in Control.’
If you can just hold on, My brother just be strong, my sister God, oh God; God’s got your problems all in control. He’s working out, it’s all in control. So just hold on.
The feeling is in the air; the mood is becoming increasingly palpable, as the excitement and anticipation of yuletide festivities heightens. With five days to go, schools are closed, TV and radio abound with programs with Christmas themes, jingles and adverts screaming Christmas splashes and bonanzas seem to have monopoly of the airwaves; holiday plans are already been executed or revised. The festive cheer is so infectious that I have set this blog to show snowfall (I believe you have noticed). Everything feels and smells ‘christmassy’!
Sadly, the response to this momentous commemoration usually erodes, rather than reflect, the season’s significance. Characteristically, unwise choices reign – expenses and debts are either been incurred or contemplated; immoral pleasure and merriment is commonplace; everyone, both adults and kids, are bent on donning the current fashion trends. While the world, which is becoming more secular and atheistic, is doing its best to kill the significance of Christmas, Christians who should know better celebrate it like existentialists and hedonists. In the face of such serious threat, we choose to shift our spiritual gear to neutral. I wonder why.
Pause, look inwards. A little introspection won’t hurt. Does your plan for Christmas reflect the significance of Jesus’ virgin birth or detract from it? Christmas is the commemoration of God’s gift of joy to the world. Joy because God chose to dwell among men in the person of Jesus Christ, with the purpose to save mankind from sin. The right response to this undeserved gift is to give ourselves and/ or resources to bless another.
You can visit an orphanage, hospital or prison, get gifts for a fatherless family, donate blood, participate in a missions outreach effort, organize activities to teach kids (yours and/ or your neigbours’) the meaning and significance of the season, tell another person about Jesus etc. For instance, a friend is admirably, helping to raise funds so that about 5, 000 persons, internally displaced by the mindless Boko Haram terrorist group in north-eastern Nigeria will have a decent meal at christmas. See details here http://igg.me/at/helpingBHvictims/x/9349812. Better still, ask the Celebrant what He will have you do.
You will not only give joy, you will experience joy!
Since Christmas is about Jesus’ birthday, it is only right for you to celebrate to please the Celebrant.