Make It Count


If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. You don’t have to be greatly skilled or have it all figured out because God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things so He gets all the glory. You were not created to remain indolent. You are created to make meaningful and unquestionable mark on earth. However, you can’t be outstanding unless you stand out and to be different, you must do something different because life is all about impact-making; you are to make your life count!

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In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Everyone wants their life to count. We all wish we could make a difference in this hurting world. The good news is that we can. You don’t have to wait until you’re more accomplished before God can use you. He can, and will, use you right where you are if you surrender yourself to His will. It could be something as simple as a conversation or an act of kindness. Or He may ask you do something big and scary to speak up or to go first. Whatever it is, if you make yourself available to God, he will make your life count because we bring a deeper commitment to our happiness when we fully understand, that our time left is limited and we really need to make it count.

As I’m so often reminded what a priceless gift my life is, I ache with everything in me to make it count, so that when I finally cross the finish line, I’ll hear the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’. We love God and make Him know by serving others. Service is the pathway to joy and fulfilment. If you aren’t involved in something greater than yourself, you are just putting in time because life is meant for ministry to others. God wants you to make a difference in this world. God wants to work through you. Live life, then with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God. Make it about others and not yourself.  We are all born with glasses turned backward.  We see ourselves as the center of the universe.  But making your life count means to flip the glasses and put others first.  Someone once said, the value of a man’s life is in the counting of his positive influence on others. After all, you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Overcoming Life’s Trials


When a trial comes upon us, we tend to think, “Why me? What have I done wrong?” We may have done nothing wrong. Trials are necessary for growth. No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you.

The purpose of trials is not to make our life difficult and sad. God gives us tailor-made situations so that we can see the sin which dwells within us – so that we can acknowledge the truth and become happy and free. Trials reveal how we are by nature. We are able to see, for example, that we place demands on others, or that we are unthankful or impatient. But being able to see our own nature is God’s great grace. It is light from heaven that makes things clear for us. In this way, we can partake of divine nature in this specific situation. Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence and drive us to God.

When it seems as if God is far away, remind yourself that He is near. Nearness is not a matter of geography. God is everywhere. With any trial, you wonder why. You evaluate your actions, your mistakes, your sins. You repent, fast and pray. You cry out to God with more emotion than you knew you possessed. If you are normal, you have moments of anger, perhaps even doubt. Here is where we can produce fruit or destroy it. With God’s help, we must forcibly evict these carnal thoughts from our minds. We cannot allow seeds of doubt to germinate, and if they do, they cannot be allowed to grow. We must look forward and deal with the situation. No sane person sits around, wishing he had a trial. That is absurd. No one is ecstatic to find himself encompassed in pain. Only when you have faced your troubles and started to fight can you begin to see even a glimmer of a positive result at its conclusion.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Not only is there a cause for every problem, but there are also solutions to most. God can show us how to resolve them without compromising on what is right. We need to go to Him for those answers. God, who gives us life and all the things that make life enjoyable, is not indifferent to our sufferings. He has great plans for us in the future. He is moulding us to become His children for all eternity. In order for that to happen, changes must take place in our character. We have to become like Him. That process includes trials and testing. With God help, we can place the outcome of the trial in God’s hands and in confidence know that in some way good can come to us if we stay true to His ways.

You Can Make A Different This Season


Christmas is my favorite time of the year! There are different ways to practice kindness this season. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people around us needs a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help. Sometimes people just need to hear some encouraging and kind words in order to bring a smile to their face, so why not just do it already? Being kind to someone could change their entire day if you let it. Try and put this to the test by complimenting someone today, or maybe even reach out to one of your friends and let them know that you are proud of them. The little things mean the most to people and go a long way, so be kind to others and get some good karma on your side.

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People may not remember what you said, or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Why not leave them with something positive this season. The holidays arrive each year with an abundance of expectations. We’re expected to be having fun and feeling joy, to be surrounded by loved ones and a warm, connected family to which we effortlessly belong. We’re expected to be busy and enjoying all sorts of exciting and festive activities, doing special holiday things. In short, we’re expected to be happy…well, actually, not just happy, happier than we are at any other time of the year. There are people out there who struggle every single day to get out of bed and do normal life things, so if they hear something negative, it could set them over the edge. That is why I think it is crucial for people to be kind to others and just learn to stop being so mean and hateful. The truth is, many people do not have warm and loving families to go home to, relatives with whom they feel they genuinely belong. Many are not busy with exciting and interesting things to do throughout the season. And the fact that they aren’t having the holiday season they’re expected to have makes them feel even worse about themselves — less joyful and less happy. It can be as simple as a smiling at someone, giving up your old wears to someone who cannot afford it, or buying food for the hungry, homeless man. It’s a way of connecting, if only for a short moment, with those people we pass in our daily lives. Everyone is affected by an act of kindness. Kindness is contagious and you never know just how big of an impact a small gesture of kindness can have.

There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships. It doesn’t have to cost anything, either; what’s important is that it’s an act of expressing genuine care for another person. In fact, there’s no limit to the ways in which we can be kind to others – all we need to do is pay attention to those around us and start seeing opportunities to help! Whatever it might be for you, give yourself the space to honor the transition that this season brings and to welcome its gifts with open arms. We must reorient ourselves towards kindness, compassion, service, love, and simplicity — the qualities that this season’s teachings are all about.

God Works Through Impossibilities


Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you’re asking God for seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith being tested? Perhaps, you feel completely trapped, hedged in and overwhelmed, with no solution in sight. Maybe you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. Or, your heart is heavy with doubt as you can’t figure out what to do next, for there appears to be nothing you can do about what you now face. On an emotional roller-coaster, you could be wondering, “How can things change for the better?” However, impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work. Have faith. With man it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible.

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The perfect sweet spot with the Lord is when we have to trust Him rather than ourselves. We are called to walk by faith, not by our strength, cleverness, or insights. The Lord always works by ways and means that seem impossible. Never feel uncomfortable for feeling different, or feeling God is pulling you to a new chapter in your life. Just learn to trust and have faith in what God has planned for you. You’ve even considered giving up and your hope is at an all time low. But no need to fret, because God is purposely making you uncomfortable in order to make you move! His purpose is greater than your understanding. When all else fails-when your every plan and scheme has been exhausted-that is the time for you to cast everything on God. It is time for you to give up all confidence in finding deliverance anywhere else. Then, once you are ready to believe, you are to see God not as a potter who needs clay, but as a Creator who works from nothing. And, out of nothing that is of this world or its materials, God will work in ways and means you never could have conceived. The blessed reality is that God grants deliverance. When you see only impossibilities in your life and all your ways are hedged up, there is still a God in heaven Who can save to the uttermost. He hears the needy when they cry and He delivered much more. Just trust GOD because Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.

Being Grateful in Good Times and in Bad


Thanksgiving is acknowledging the God behind your blessing, the God behind any good thing in your life (gift of life, joy, peace). To acknowledge means to admit, to recognize, to accept, to reply – to reply God that He is behind the blessings in your life, e.g you can talk, your legs and hands can move, God is behind it. It doesn’t matter whether your blessings are small or big, God is behind it.

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How can you be thankful when your doctor says it’s cancer? How can you feel grateful when the one you love just walked out of your life? Or when you’ve been fired . . . or your dream has collapsed . . . or an economic tsunami has wiped out all you’ve worked for? Sometimes the words come from our heart, a true expression of profound gratitude. Sometimes it’s simply the right response, even if it doesn’t feel true. Honestly, I think most of us have had times when we felt like we had nothing to be thankful for. We know that’s not right, but it’s the reality. When we are in the midst of trials, God is fine tuning us to be stronger and bolder for Him. Giving thanks in all of our circumstances tells the world that our God is greater and stronger than anything it has to offer. Thanksgiving is recounting the past acts of God. There are times we need to look back in order not to forget the benefit of the LORD by going down memory lane and one of the reasons man doesn’t have gratitude in his heart is because man’s focus is on material things.

Giving thanks to God is easy when life is going great and everything seems to fall into place. Why is it so hard to give thanks when we are down? Instead of turning our focus during a crisis to God, we instead turn our focus on ourselves and how the world says we should react. When you think of mainstream media, the acceptable reactions to problems vary but are typically negative. When faced with a difficult situation, the world media trains us to believe our situation is hopeless and we should react out of a sense of fear. You might not be where you want to be but you are not where you used to be. You might not have what you desire but God has not given you what you deserve. No matter how we feel, no matter how dark things seem, there is always something to be thankful for. It is also giving thanks to God for many blessings which should not be limited to only good times but also bad times thereby giving us the opportunity to demonstrate our faith in God.  We need to remember always that gratitude happens in quiet pauses and moments, not when you have a giant to-do list and you’re racing around. Thanksgiving brings perfection and perfection brings completeness. Anything you see in your life today is just the beginning, God has the ability to bring it to perfection. If you see any sign of the goodness of God in your life, begin to rejoice because it can only be better.

We Attract Into Our Lives What We Are


People in our lives are often a mirror for what we feel in ourselves and to live your greatest life, you must first become a leader within yourself. Take charge of your life, begin attracting and manifesting all that you desire in life because we attract into our lives what we are.

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Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head and one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is choosing the kind of universe you exist in: is it helpful and supportive or hostile and unsupportive? Your answer to this question will make all the difference in terms of how you live your life and what kind of Divine assistance you attract. Many people complain about their love life, but interestingly, they always attract people who do not value them, who neglect them or who do not make them a priority. The beauty of meeting new people and making new friends is that they’ll see you for the person you are today, not their memory of the person you used to be.

The truth, whether some believe it or not, is that you get whatever it is that you focus on in life. You reap what you sow and cultivate what you grow. When our minds are steeped in negativity, we tend to see things from a negative light. But when we’re positive and look to the silver lining, so to speak, we ultimately produce positive results. True maturity happens by accepting everything that happens to us as perfect because this is the process to perfection. Appreciating that the problems we have are, in large part, an opportunity to grow will help us to improve. On the contrary, viewing ourselves as a failure is only a way of throwing away our aspirations. If you want to achieve success and become your best self, you need to surround yourself with people who have higher standards than you.

Real Friends Will Always Be By Your Side


Life’s not about people who act true to your face. It’s about people who remain true behind your back and real friends are always going to be there by your side, even at times when you tell them to leave because friendship is always a sweet responsibility never an opportunity.

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The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. If you already have a real friend in your life, then you know that through thick, and through thin, they will always be there for you. Not to judge you, or to tell you that they tried to warn you before, not to bring you down, or kick you while your down, but instead to help pick you up when you fall, or to sit with you and help talk you into getting back up. Not all of us have had friends like these and if we want one all we must do is be a friend like this to someone who needs it. If you plant seeds of love, in good faith, and in good hopes, it will be returned into your own life abundantly. Be that friend for someone who needs someone by their side. Be that friend for that person going through a bad break up, family problems, or other forms of instability in their own lives, and you will surely find the same in your own life. The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man’s success in life.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything because a good friend is a connection to life, a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives. There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship just because your wealth is where your friends are. Always remember that it’s not where you are in life, it’s who you have by your side that matters. God bless you.

Do Not Chase People


Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs. Do not chase people. Be you, do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you, and stay.

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In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends. No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. Chasing people around in life will be of no benefit to you in the long run. This is mostly because you can’t make people be who you want them to be, people will always do what they truly want to do, deep down inside. What you can do is make extraordinary effort each day to be you, and to do what is in your heart, and work hard at it. The people who deserve to be in your life will come in your life, and not only will they just be a part of your life like the people of your past, but they will stay in your life as well. Cut the slack out of your life, and let go of the people that are only bringing you down. There is no reason to be burdened continually by people who don’t believe in you, when there are people out there that will. The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life. Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

God is Preparing You for Greater Things


If we can achieve the ultimate state of self-mastery, we will more consistently have the personal power and peace of mind we need to get ahead, since we are not giving our time, energy, and power away to others; we are taking responsibility for ourselves and how much we can affect change in our lives. God uses uncharted territories to prepare us for new and great things. There is no growth to be found in the stagnant and mundane. Allow life’s newest “surprise” to stretch you to new limits in the best ways possible.

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Those people who have the greatest success first needed to believe in what they have to offer the world. You need to trust that your unique contribution is worthwhile. You are the only one who can make it happen for you. Others can support and encourage you, but you have to find the energy within in order to step into the center of your own life and take charge. God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us and when you don’t understand the reason behind your struggle just know that God is preparing you. He’s developing your gifts, talents, and abilities. He’s broadening your understanding of how to navigate your way through life. We grow through adversity. We need not seek it out; we can all look back at moments when our lives were in utter chaos, desolation and despair. Growth comes when we respond to adversity by stretching just an edge beyond our talent and experience and through our struggles, God molds, shapes, and refines us. He gets us prepared to effectively fulfill our ultimate purpose in the earth because we all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our character. Just as God is preparing me, He is preparing you too. He’s perfecting the gifts in you. And in his timing, he will elevate you. In your struggles, God is preparing you for better. Be thankful for every experience and your latter will be greater. Always remember that life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.

MAKING REAL CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE


Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like because to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

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It’s often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet humans are evolutionarily predisposed to resist change because of the risk associated with it. Despite this resistance to change, it is more important than ever. Most people are not happy with their life. Yet they continually venture down the same road of unhappiness. Never willing to change. As you take a birds eye view of your current lifestyle, do you like what you see? Are your relationships, career choices, financial situation and other aspects of your life truly satisfying? Or do you feel there should be more? If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less because change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. Sometimes it is necessary to sort through the main issues in our lives and work out what is really bothering us. Chances are, it’s not the events themselves but the thoughts and feelings behind them that are causing the emotional disturbance.

Change doesn’t necessarily come about as a result of what we think will precipitate it and when it doesn’t, it’s easy to conclude that it can’t happen. There’s something attractive, even compelling about believing that making substantive changes in our lives is unrealistic or even impossible but we need to understand that every journey in our life started with a single step forward, as long as you keep moving, you will eventually begin to change your life. When deciding you want change in your life, you must truly get upset with your current situation. Your emotions are very powerful. And you’ll find that by using this energy as a catalyst for change, your desired life will be within your grasp. We need to remind ourselves always that no matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself. Whatever your scenario may be, you must make a drastic shift in your mentality. Keep in mind, the more significant your desired life outcome, the stronger your convictions for change must be. Learning to love and enjoy YOU is the most important tool in changing your life too because at the end of the day, all you have is you, so learning how to love yourself, support yourself and be your best friend is paramount.