So I got this email as my devotion for today which really challenged me about breaking out on all the barriers that I have setup in my life.Take a reading and I sincerely hope that you all will be blessed by it..
‘He brought me… into a large place… , because he delighted in me.’ Psalms 18:19
A respected counsellor says: ‘First you crawled; then you learned to walk and the world grew bigger. Then you rode a bike… drove a car… bought a plane ticket. Suddenly the horizons were limitless. Then doubts crept in: I can’t (you fill in the blank)… and your world shrinks a little. I shouldn’t take that trip… I’ll never find my way around… I’ve too many responsibilities. And it shrinks a little more… [until] you’re sitting in a little box with the lid tightly affixed. No experiences, no lessons, no life. Boxes can be comfortable… but no matter how cosy you make it, it’s still a box. They come in all shapes and sizes. When we let unrealistic fears hold us back we can be fairly certain we’re climbing inside another box… and sooner or later we’ll run into the walls. Find one small “I can’t” in your life and take the lid off the box… try for a minor impossibility… apply for that dream job… start pursuing your vision… Poke the top off your box. Stick your head out and look around. Find a fear and turn it into a ladder. Get out of the box of doubt and insecurity and into the freedom of courage and belief.’ If you let it, fear will cause your imagination to run riot. But ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). A sound mind restores your perspective and helps you see things from God’s viewpoint, where all things are possible. Today He wants to give you the courage to climb out of the box and bring you ‘into a large place’, because He ‘delights’ in you.
Have you ever stopped to think about what distinguishes an awesome day from a crappy one..Is it getting an A in an Econometrics exam or receiving a text from a girl that you have been crashing on??
It was a normal Tuesday morning,my brother had woken up early as he had road licence tests.From the driving school where he was learning,6 people were scheduled to carry out the tests on the day.One by one,his colleagues all failed the test,so you can imagine the excitement he felt when he was told that he had passed the tests..While standing in the queue to pay for his licence fee,he received a phone call from one of the largest mining companies in Zambia.He was being offered a job,a permanent job.The news was too much for him to handle,he broke down in tears of joy.Clearly the guy was having an awesome day!!
How about a crappy day??Is it working up 20 minutes before the time you are supposed to report for work or someone yelling at you for something you are not guilty of or maybe is it spilling coffee on your favourite shirt??
Well what if…What if an awesome day has nothing to do with your circumstances?
What if an awesome day is waking up alive?
What if an awesome day is knowing that all things are working out for your good no matter how bad they seem?
What if an awesome day is knowing that God has your back(lol and front) even when you finding it hard to pray?
What if an awesome day is remembering that your best days are still ahead of you?
What if an awesome day is not based on how much you accomplish but on how much Christ accomplished on the cross?
What if an awesome day is not receiving a text from a beautiful girl/guy that you like or affirmation from a boss but rather the steady constant love of our heavenly Father?
Well what if..What if all days are awesome days??
“This is the day that the Lord has made,we will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:24)
And all days are made by God right??Well rejoice in the Lord always,again I say rejoice.(Phillipians 4:4)
Granted there will be days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice..Days when it seems like everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong..Our mood is down,our situation is out of our hands and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming.But no matter how low we feel,we should always be honest with God.When we do not feel like rejoicing,tell God truly how you feel.
In spite of our circumstances,we should trust that God is working out everything for our good.We may not be seeing or feeling like it but we should trust that God is working out everything in our favour.
To illustrate this,I will end this post with an African folklore….
“The story is told of a African King who had a close friend with whom he grew up.
The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, “This is good!”
One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off.
Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!” To which the king replied – “No, this is not good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way.
As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. “You were right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off.” And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened.
” And so, I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.” “No,” his friend replied, “This is good!” “What do you mean, ‘This is good’? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?” “If I had not been in jail, I would have been with you, and not here with you right now.”
In a very unusual way, the message here unfolds into exposing the following principle about life. “Absolutely everything happens for a purpose; and out of what seems like adversity at the time; always comes good”.
I’m sure that if any of us care to reflect back on the tragedy’s, the heartaches, the ‘bad times’ in our lives, that we discover that we have really grown or developed during that period of time: even though the reflection may still cause us discomfort in some way.
It is in this way that we slowly gather experience and wisdom, and even though we may think or feel that it is unfair, that’s the way it is. “This is good”.”
Hope you have been blessed by this post.Much love and God bless.
Makes sense,take a reading.
Here is an interesting piece I came across this morning.Hoping you’ll be blessed by it.Take a reading..
A Hindu saint who was visiting a river to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.
‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’
Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’
‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint
Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, .
‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.
What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’
The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’
He looked at his disciples and said.
‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.