Many people make the mistake of expecting others to treat them in a more loving and respectful way than they treat themselves. If you don’t love yourself,stop expecting others to. If you don’t respect yourself, stop expecting others to. If you don’t forgive yourself, stop expecting others to. If you don’t keep promises to yourself, stop expecting others to. If you are not being faithful to your dreams, your goals, and your resolutions, stop expecting others to. – Dr. Steve Maraboli
Many times we set out on a mission, having everything well thought out, only to encounter defeat or serious setbacks along the way, that leave many of crashing and some of us even lament about how God has failed us. We forget that even when all things fail, God never fails and His word is true. Folks when things don’t go our way, or when our dreams and desires do not go the way we envisaged, as is often the case in this life, we shouldn’t wear the defeatist mentality and begin to cry about as the world does, rather we should hold firm to the word of God.
Remember the scriptures tell us that all things (including what you are facing right now) happen for good to them that love God. As long as we have committed our plans and the outcome to the hands of God, we should trust that everything works out in the right way, and in the most wonderful way with God.
Maybe we are in a situation where we don’t and cannot see any miracle happening. But one thing I know for sure is this; There is never a limit to what God can do – and seeks to do in our lives. We may feel small, weak, or incapacitated; but our God can do all things, because He is the Almighty God. Our circumstances, conditions and obstacles may seem too much for our present strength; but God can. Continue reading
Have you been judged? I get judged every day. Even in the bible, we see that Christ was judged, Apostle Paul was judged and distrusted because of his past life of being a persecutor of the church. You see its really amazing how people cannot see you and accept you for who you are now, because they want to keep you in the past. For some of us even our family members judge us, they dismiss our advice, and solutions, because they keep seeing us as that little lad that was crying or playing around in the yard some years back, and so shouldn’t be taken seriously.
When I started out writing and being on this mission, I faced a lot of mockery, and negativity from people who knew me from way back. They can’t believe I have something to offer…the same thing they did with Christ, His people didn’t believe in His ministry, all they saw when they looked at Him was, that He was a Carpenter’s son whom they knew. They never knew God had recommended and empowered Him. The same thing with St. Paul, they just looked at his past.
There are some of us who even judge ourselves and write ourselves off before the world does, because of our past. We just can’t believe anything good can come out of us. We look at our lives, and all we can see is the mistakes, the drugs we’ve used, the years we have lost and so on. Folks when we are still looking at ourselves through our past, we are not seeing what God has done, or what He can do. We are not seeing the many small changes that happen in our lives for good. Continue reading
A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm.’ The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man. Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley.
Awakened by the swirling rain and howling wind, the owner leaps out of bed. He calls for his new hired hand, but the man is sleeping soundly.
So he dashes off to the barn. He sees, to his amazement, that the animals are secure with plenty of feed. He runs out to the field. He sees the bales of wheat have been bound and are wrapped in tarpaulins. He races to the silo. The doors are latched, and the grain is dry. And then he understands. ‘He sleeps in a storm.’
My friends, if we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight Continue reading