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Weigh Before You Worry

There is a common phrase that says, “Choose your Battles” but I’ve come to realise that you should also choose your worries. We spend precious time thinking and dwelling on things which should not even be a thought, they cause us to have sleepless nights, shed precious tears and often times we allow our sore moods to affect those around us.

I have learned that not everybody will celebrate your victories. You may even find that those you thought where on your side end up backstabbing you. This obviously can cause you to want revenge, be angry, sad, or disappointed. But as I said, choose your worries. Let that person go. They are not worth your tears, and not worth your sleepless nights. Instead, dwell on that one person who will bend over backward to make you happy, who always goes the extra mile to see you smile and celebrates your victories. It’s better to let your thoughts dwell on that one person you can always count on, than think about the many who will let you down over and over. Choose your worries.

Walking with God takes the same kind of discipline. The more we think of the troubles we are facing, the less we will see God in the midst of them. You need to dwell more on the good things He has done rather than all the unanswered prayers. When you dwell on the situation your in, your worries will increase, and you will feel like they are unending. But when in the midst of these trials you dwell on the goodness of God, nor only will your worries cease but an inexplicable joy will begin to take root. Choose your worries, choose joy.

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Starve The Graveyard

“The richest deposits on our planet lie just a few blocks from your house. They rest in your local cemetery or graveyard. Buried beneath the soil within the walls of those sacred grounds are dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, paintings that never filled a canvas, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became reality, inventions that were never designed, plans that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind, and purposes that were never fulfilled.”

This statement summarizes the sad, but current state of the world according to Myles Munroe. In his book, ‘Understanding Your Potential’, he shows the loss the world is incurring daily because of unfulfilled potential, and it is by the millions. People are dying everyday without realizing their full potential thus indeed the graveyard is full.

Well, if you are reading this, you are definitely alive, still living and breathing, and still walking in God’s plan for your life. You still have a shot at being the best person you can be. Our potential is not based on what we think we are capable of, and many people get it wrong. Our potential should not be based on what we have done, or what our parents did, but rather on who God is. Even they that seem to us to have reached their full potential basing on their successes have not scratched the surface. There’s so much God has placed within us waiting to explode. A statement I am trying to live by is “You ain’t seen nothing yet”, and that is to the world.

Many of us have heard the childhood jingle, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But the truth is even when you do succeed, keep going because there is so much more you can do. When we look to Christ, who is our example, and see the great works that he did, we see that we can do great things. There was a reason He said in John 14:12,  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Jesus saw the potential of those he was leaving behind. No one can imagine doing greater works than Jesus, but this goes to show that in God’s eyes we are greater than we think or see, we have so much that he has stored in the inside of us, if only we will believe.

God is Omni-potent, that means he has unlimited power; able to do anything. He is a God of potential, and because He is, his creation possesses that ability. When somebody tries to put you down, or makes you feel like a failure, know that is not who you where created to be and you can achieve the impossible. Just because your friends say it can’t be done, remember that you serve an Omni-potent God, and that He that created you is capable of bringing out the best in you that even you do not see because He knows you more than anyone ever will. He should be our focus and when we make Him the source, we shall go beyond that which we thought we could do and starve the graveyard.

Food for Thought

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10

You can run, but you can’t hide. God’s presence in your life is not your choice. In this Psalm, David reveals that God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. That He knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent. Knowing this we see that God sees all our mistakes, all our failings and all our successes. God does not lead us to sin, neither does he make us fall. But even when we do, we cannot escape his presence. David says “if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there”. Many times we create problems for ourselves, we make poor choices that make us feel like we shall be condemned to hell. However, the psalm encourages us that there is not a mistake you can make that can separate you from God’s presence. Knowing this and being aware of the Grace of God through salvation in Jesus Christ sets us free. We need to learn to rise up, to believe that we have been freed, when we fall we shouldn’t stay down, because God is right there to pick us up, His presence ever constant.

One quote that I meditate on is, “You’re going to be delighted that your course in life has brought you to the place of effective ministry!” – Prophet Walden. This tells me that everything I go through good or bad, the decisions I make, good or bad, God is working something out. He will still use me, He will still use my story. That is what I will meditate on. I can run, but I can’t hide. God’s got me now and forever.

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Can You See It?!

We all set goals. From the time we are toddlers and asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the cycle begins. Many of us don’t become what we thought we would. I always wanted to be a Missionary Doctor to India. My dad still remembers that I was so moved by the story of Amy Carmichael we learnt in my first grade history class. Who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in India where she worked for 55 years without rest and wrote many books about the missionary work there.

I knew I wanted to be just like her. Well, almost 20 years down the road am nowhere close to Medical school or to India. But I have learnt that to some extent that dream never died. I may not be a doctor or in Medical School, but I do have a heart for opening an orphanage whether it will be in India or here in Uganda. I have learnt that applying the Law of Attraction to my dream and goal will set me on the right path. Firstly, I must decide that that is truly what I want to do. Yes! I want to build an orphanage. And because it is something I really want to do, it shall remain fixed as one of my goals. Secondly, I need to envision how I will attain it. Since Med school is out of the picture, I will definitely have to go another route.

Thirdly, I now see myself surrounded by those children and what a great feeling it is seeing them praising the Lord and growing in health and Spirit. Once I see that I am fulfilled, I know am on the right path to accomplish it. This vision won’t leave my mind till it comes to pass. You have to dream big, and see big, to live big.

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See beyond, and Rise Above

We live in a society where everyone is stringent with resources. We work long hours a day, 5 days a week, just to make money or for those that have grasped the idea of independent management we run businesses still to make money and keep moving and survive.

We go about our day trying to maximize the last penny. I have learnt from observation that bargaining has become part of many peoples nature. Trying to save the last penny, what does not go through their minds is that that same business they are trying to bargain from, could be theirs tomorrow. It’s funny how we try to bargain from the people and businesses that need it most. A lady selling her tomatoes by the side of the road, the small shop at your neighbors house or even the shoe repair guy. All these people count on that penny to survive, yet we walk into big stores and make big purchases without a second thought. For once we should picture that if we started a business, that tomato lady may be our employee or that small shop could be ours. In other words we should reevaluate our mindsets. Get rid of the scarcity mentality we hold and start thinking abundance, this could most probably be the first step to truly making money.

Since am a worker and do not own my own business, I have tried to find a balance to make life more meaningful at work, since for now this is where God has placed me. I once worked for a company which had a boss that could win the “Worst Boss of the Century Award”. His style of management was undefined as it went beyond autocratic. He was just plain mean. He swore, insulted workers, screamed at the top of his voice constantly and blamed everyone for the troubles he has in life. Most new employees lasted at most 3 days and quit. So the question was how would I survive in such an environment? How would I grow and enjoy work? I have now seen that it was all about my mindset. I survived in that workplace longer than most and on top of that was one of the best employees, even earned a promotion shortly before I left for a better opportunity elsewhere.

How was that possible? I didn’t let the present situation change my mindset of growth. While most coworkers spent their day talking ill about our boss, I spent it thinking how I could be the best person I could be, I decided to imagine myself as the outstanding one and the only one who did not “give him a headache”. And because of this I always got good feedback from him, and that never changed till I left. Therefore, what you envision is what you attract, therefore instead of living in fear or worry always try to see yourself ahead, on top of the current situation, soaring above the rest. Remember that “A positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”– Anonymous

 

Food for Thought

Why Worry

One of the secrets to living a full life in Christ is that you don’t have to worry. In fact you are to forget what the feeling of worry is like… let it be strange to you. He tells us not to to worry. But why do we?

“Be anxious for nothing,” he says.. Nothing that’s the key word, that is, not anything; no single thing! Why waste your precious time wondering how something will come about, when He clearly tells you not to? And if you do, you clearly haven’t listened his word as clear as they seem to be.

As a father takes care of his home, God wants to take care of me. Be my provider. Why should I worry? When he told me I “will not dash my foot against a stone”, why should I keep my eyes on the ground as I walk? Its when we reach that level of faith, that point when we know we are never alone, that we truly believe we are different. That’s when you truly beginning to walk in the grace of God.

Expression

Angel Face

I will never forget the peaceful look on your tiny face,
You never got to see the world nor experience its hardships.
With your mothers fair complexion, and your fathers features
your lifeless body was still beautiful… intricately knit by the creator.

Your mother’s broken heart will heal; she lost a big part of her way too soon.
She smiles through her tears because she knows you’re with the angels,
Sweet little angel wings you have now;
And as they lowered the foot sized casket into the ground
Countless stars stood watching, as if to show us you are now in the heavenlies.
Never have I seen a night so magnificent, so bright and beautiful;
A true reflection of your now bodyless spirit.

Time seems to have stood still around us. It’s not easy to let go,
But you are in the best place you could be, in the most loving arms.
We know we will see you again oh beautiful one.
Shani-Grace, as your mother called you,
Fly and sing with the angels, you are one of them now.
Your crib lies empty, but your soul is complete and safe.

06.07.15