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Leadership

FIGHT FOR YOUR BRIGHT FUTURE!

FIGHT FOR YOUR BRIGHT FUTURE!

Earlier on this week, a mega church pastor shared his story at a training that inspired me to write this piece. The story highlighted how you need to fight for your bright future. The fact that God promised a great future does not mean there will be no need to fight for it.

When he was 15 years of age, he got a prophesy over his life. The prophesy stated that God was going to use him as a mouthpiece to speak across the world. After the meeting, he ignored the prophesy because his interest was in music and he had his band. He probably thought his future was in music.

HIS MELT DOWN

A few weeks later, he picked up his guitar to sing, only to realise he got his note wrong. Everyone around started laughing and making fun of him. He was so embarrassed by that event that he decided he was never going to do any public facing activity again.

A couple of years later, as he was still wallowing in self-pity and following through on his decision never to appear in public again he got a report from his English teacher. The report states that he was so poor at communication and not fit to speak English in public. The report knocked him further back and he got increasingly despondent. Not only was he upset with his situation, but he was also upset with God.

That summer, there was a youth conference and he decided not to go. The evening he made the decision, his youth leader called to ask if he was coming to the conference and told him God wanted him there. This was the beginning of his restoration with God. Despite the challenging events that have come his way in life, today he is a pastor of  30,000 member church in Melbourne Australia. He also preaches across the world just like God said.

LESSONS LEARNT

It’s interesting that he never had the setbacks until after the word came. God’s word has warned us about such situations

‘But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble.’ Mark 4:17 (NIV here)

Note that persecution comes because of the word and its intention is to cause you to stumble so you do not become all the word of God said you will be.

When God sends you a word, learn to fight for the manifestation because your future is dependent on it. Ensure you stay within a healthy environment where the seed of the word is nurtured, and you can stay rooted in His word.

Irrespective of where you are now and what you are going though, fall back on the word God has spoken to you because your future is bright, and God has great plans for your life.

God is on your side!

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Empowerment Inspiration

GOD SHOWED UP FOR HIM!

GOD SHOWED UP FOR HIM!

Allison Becker, the Liverpool Football Club goalkeeper scored a record-breaking goal this last weekend. Yes, you read it right, the goalkeeper scored a goal! And when he was interviewed, he shared his faith by letting the world know that God showed up for him.

Becker, scored a dramatic header to give his side the much-needed win required to qualify for the Champions League next season. The goal meant Liverpool has a 2-1 win over West Brom. Though a goalkeeper, Becker had headed up the field for a corner in the 5th minute of the added time and from there, he scored the unexpected winning goal.

Becker became the first goalkeeper to have scored a goal off a header in the history of the Premier League. One of the only six goal keepers to have scored and the only one to have ever scored a winning goal.

Why are all these facts necessary?

After the game, Becker was interviewed and he said. “You can’t explain a lot of things in life. For me, the only reason for that kind of thing is God. He put his hand on my head today and I’m feeling really blessed.” What a clear statement of acknowledgement of God showing up for him. Read the interview here .

It is however not a surprise because when he was asked about his faith in a previous interview, he took time to clarify an essential fact.

The reporter asked, “You are evangelical, very religious, and Liverpool have players of varying beliefs. How do these different faiths interact daily?”  to which Becker replied, “I’ll correct it a little. I am not religious, I am a follower of Christ. When we talk about religiosity, it is very much tied to traditions and factors that somewhat tarnish the rich history of Christianity. Jesus is much more than religion,”

What a statement. God in His word said,

‘Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I promised that your branch of the tribe of Levi would always be my priests. But I WILL HONOUR THOSE WHO HONOUR ME, and I will despise those who think lightly of me.’1 Samuel 2:30

There are a few lessons I want to draw out for us from Becker’s life.

  • Continue to grow as a Christian
  • Be a faithful witness with your words and actions
  • Be excellent in what you do and stay diligent.

God cannot but show up for someone with these attributes.

Whether you are into football or not, let’s continue to pray for Allison Becker. Pray that he keep shinning for God as a star and continue to be a witness in Jesus’ name

PS: Read my blog post on When God seems silent here

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Inspiration

MAKE TODAY MATTER!

MAKE TODAY MATTER!

I read a statement from CS Lewis that is a great lesson when it comes to life and how to make today matter so as to impact tomorrow. The statement is states

You cannot go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. — C.S. Lewis — (quote here)

This statement reminded me of Eddie and I’s first meeting. We were in a lecture theatre where I reserved a couple of seats prior to lectures starting. Eddie however got in earlier and occupied one of them. I was quite fiery in those days and everyone advised him not to take my seat to avoid a nasty confrontation!

THE NEWS AROUND IS INCORRECT

Apparently I came in and gave him a harsh look but he decided to chat with me after class anyways. That was when he informed me that the popular opinion was that I was a tough lady that should be avoided. That perception seemed to be different from reality.  It was now my responsibility to correct such impression.

There was a need to change something about the wrong perception. Focusing on doing things differently got me to a great point where I became friendlier with better impressions left in the mind of most.

MAKING TODAY MATTER

God’s word on changing today says

As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Heb 3:15

Do not give excuses for where you are at and how you are perceived but choose to change. God said,  it did not matter that the Israelites started in rebellion. What mattered is the fact that they had heard the word and had an opportunity to change their end.

Lastly, do not allow yourself stay stuck in the regret of what did not happen at the beginning. Work on your ‘now’ and make today matter so as to experience a better tomorrow.

PS

Did you get a chance to read about Eddie’s fight –  if not, you can catch up with it here)

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Inspiration

PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL THINGS!

PAY ATTENTION TO THE SMALL THINGS!

Earlier on today while counselling, Pastor Eddie mentioned one of his stories that I find inspiring and could not but share with you – including the lessons learnt on how to Pay attention to the small things.

Some years ago, he bought a flat packed IKEA computer table and decided to do what everyone in the United Kingdom tends to find easy to do, which was to look at the manual and put the table together, piece by piece.

He came back from work and embarked on this adventure for the whole evening. After a couple of hours on the task, he noticed a little screw but could not quite work out what to do with it. At that point, he tossed the screw away and continued the assembling. After about 5 hours on this task, he thought the table was ready but realised it was wobbly because a little part of the assembling had gone wrong!

In frustration, he discovered that the little screw he tossed away was meant to steady one of the legs of the table but its absence created a faulty result. After over five hours investment of  hard work, he angrily smashed the table. After which he tossed it into the bin and that was the end of his DIY ambition.

LESSONS LEARNT!

There is a need to pay attention to the small things in life because they may have significant impact. The tossing of the small screw impacted the investment of the price of the table, the time involved in fixing the table and lastly, the ambition of becoming a ‘Do It Yourself’ expert (thank God for that!)

In life as well, there are little things that make a huge difference if we do not pay attention to them. And I remember the scripture that says

Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:46.(Read the fascinating NLT version here)

Jesus paid attention to the little things around Him. He knew that the little things are the big things. Even though He was walking through a crowd He was conscious of the tiny tug he felt on His cloak. He never considered it to be nothing but saw it as something He should give His attention to.

Jesus felt the touch of the woman. He saw the pain no one else would have given attention to or seen. She would have been considered ceremonially unclean for twelve years. Yet Jesus spotted, touched and transformed her life.

She was healed and would be welcomed back into her community after 12 years of solitude. This was no little thing!

You can equally change someone’s life today by paying attention to the people and things around us.

PB

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Read my previous blog post here