It was a lovely Saturday afternoon on a summer vacation in the late 90’s… Lol, it feels good that I can say that! We were in Lagos on our annual holiday. My uncle took my cousins, sister and me to Ikoyi Club. We joined my cousin when she went in for a swim! I mean, who actually needs to know how to swim, right? The pool was packed! My cousin was a rather good swimmer. She swam off to the deep end, flapping her wings and enjoying herself! My sister, Ore and I, thought, ‘hmm, why get squashed with all these other kids? If our cousin could swim, we could too!’ With no inhibition, Ore and I flapped, kicked, paddled, and at the very least, swam our way to the ‘freer side’ AKA deep end!
When we got there, we noticed that our feet were no longer touching the ground! AH (insert Nigerian screams)!! In the midst of all the excitement, no one seemed to have seen two little girls struggling! When Ore would manage to stick her head out to scream out for our cousin, or the life guard, I would drag her down! In my mind, I thought, ‘if I go down, baby girl, you’re coming with me!’ lol! Oh the selfishness!
2016 has been an amazing year for me… great accomplishments, and tremendous realizations of adulthood that rocked me hard (to tears more times that I’d like to admit!) Haha! I learned some lessons this year…some of them may be cliché, but I implore you to take a moment and soak it all in…
Learn how to live and love.
Live in the moment.
Do not sweat the small AND the big stuff.
Do whatever brings you joy – please, also bring Jesus joy.
We all fall… Don’t beat yourself too hard.
Don’t remain in ANY toxic relationship, NOTHING is worth that.
A few months ago, I started breaking down… mentally, spiritually and physically. I was totally stressed from work and other life stressors. I reckoned that I needed a break… not just any kind, but a far away vacation to a place where I could forget about all the negatives, and focus on the positives, and thank God for my life, this very life I only get to live once. This coupled with my personal goal to visit at least one new country each year, leads to the fact that I’m writing this sitting on the beautiful Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia. Naturally, I didn’t want to fly 22 hours, to a country that’s 16 hours ahead of my time zone, all by myself, so I tried to garner interest in some friends… but for various reasons, no one else could make it. I went ahead and bought my ticket. A few days later, I booked my accommodation… Delta gave me my count-down, 56 days. Not a day went by where I didn’t think of this trip. I’m blessed with good sleep, so I slept for about 13 hours on the flight, read a book, played Sudoku and caught up with my shows Blackish & Suits for the other parts of the trip.
God wants us to grow up… like Christ in everything. – Ephesians 4:14a
Our heavenly father desires that we mature and develop the characteristics Jesus Christ displayed while on earth. Spiritual growth is not like physical growth, which happens regardless of what we do, but spiritual growth takes an intentional commitment. Our commitment defines who we are, and shows who we will soon become. Many of us are afraid to commit, and end up drifting through life. Others make half-hearted commitments which leads to frustration and mediocrity. And some make a full commitment to worldly goals and end up disappointed and bitter.
God’s part and your part: Christlikeness is the result of making Christ-like choices and depending on the Spirit of God to help us fulfil those choices. Continue reading
Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory. – Romans 11:36
Everything created by God, which in fact is everything created, has the purpose of giving God all the glory! In Isaiah 42:8, God Almighty boldly declares, “I am the Lord! That is my name, and I will not give my glory to anyone else; I will not share my praise with carved idols.” God is very clear about His glory.
My ultimate goal is to glorify God with my life. I fall, but I rise again, and that’s one of the characteristics of God that deserves all the glory – his faithfulness to us sinners.
How Can I Bring Glory to God?
Jesus answered this in John 17:4 “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
Rick Warren has given 5 ways to being glory to God:
I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy – Ecclesiastes 4:4 (LB)
Loved this chapter!! This chapter is kind of divided into two parts. I have written up the whole post, but since the attention span of humans keeps reducing, I’ll post the second part tomorrow – 41 days of purpose. I just gave you jara.
Five Most Common Negative Emotions That [Could] Drive Your Life
Guilt: These people are manipulated by memories and spend their entire lives running from regrets and shame. From the bible, Cain is a perfect example. In Genesis 4:14b he says, “I will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” If you’re filled with too much guilt, cry out to God and remind Him of His word in Psalm 32:1 &2. “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be as you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky for God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.” Confess to Him, repent, and He will wash your guilt away!