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If you study the life of Jesus, you will notice that He gave up a lot of what could have been ‘popularity‘ for the sake of the poor, the enslaved and the sick. One of the primary reasons that Jesus was so disliked by the Jewish leaders of that day was that He didn’t give them a lot of attention. Instead, He was always focused on the needs of the people around Him.
This is a great example for how we should live our lives. Like Jesus, our focus should also be on the needs of those around us, not on gaining popularity with people on similar levels to us. We need to stop focusing on what is going to make us seem more popular or more recognized and follow the example of helping the less fortunate that Jesus set.
Whether we are blessed with good health, a solid financial situation, or just a free man or woman, we all need to start thinking about ways to help those who are less fortunate in these areas. As we decided to go help an serve these people, let what we do come out of the overflow of our love for what Jesus did for us all on the cross, never focused on what is in it for us. –All of us were slaves and in bondage, but Jesus decided that dying for each of us was worth more than living a life of popularity.
In my life, helping others that cannot help me has encouraged me remain humble and to fall more in love with God. Each time I help someone out of the kindness of my heart, I am reminded to continue each day to become more and more like Jesus. Someone once told me,“Those of us that live in freedom and abundance are responsible for those who don’t.” I couldn’t agree with this more. As a follower of Christ, I seek to humbly follow the examples that He set! I encourage you to do the same in your areas of influence.
Matthew 25:34-45 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
At first glance, when reading the title of this blog, it may seem that the two words “distraction” and “obedience” do not have much of a correlation. It would make sense to say that if a person is distracted, then they are not choosing to disobey. In other words, is a distracted person willfully choosing not to obey if they have never actually heard a command?
I would argue that the answer is yes. If you don’t agree with me, then consider this example. A boy comes home from school, and knows that most days there is a list of chores on the kitchen counter or the fridge for him to complete. The mother leaves the list in the kitchen, because she knows that her son goes in there every day for a snack when school is over.One day, that child wises up and realizes that if he just doesn’t go in the kitchen, then he won’t have to do any chores. He decides that he can forego his usual snack, and then he can go up in his room, lock the door, put headphones on, and play video games.Then he won’t be able to hear his mom when she is calling for him to come do the chores. The crazy part is that he actually thinks that this will somehow relieve him of his responsibility, and that his mom won’t come up stairs and knock on that door until he answers. In fact, she will probably kick it in if he keeps her waiting too long.
How often do we play this same game with God!? Personally, I am so guilty of this. This is something I have to constantly rely on God to help me with. When things start to get hard, and He is maneuvering me into areas that are getting more and more uncomfortable, I have a tendency to want to distract myself so I don’t hear his voice.I will distract myself with good things! Then I reason out why it is okay to be so distracted, because I am distracted by things like work, ministry, Christian movies and Christian music. At least I am not distracted by bad things like drugs and alcohol right?
The hard answer to this is that distractions are distractions no matter what the form, especially if they are keeping us from God. If that thing is keeping us from hearing His voice and obeying, then it is not benefiting us. It is merely a distraction that we are purposefully giving our attention to, because we are afraid of what God has for us.
For example, God might be impressing upon you that the most important thing in your life right now is to have that uncomfortable conversation with a friend or family member where you need to apologize and ask forgiveness for some hurt you have caused. Or maybe He is telling you to forgive someone for the pain they have caused you. The easy road for you could be to just join another serving team at church, and make yourself so busy that you don’t have to hear God’s voice encouraging you to do this.
Another example might be that God is asking you to communicate the gospel to a friend who is lost. But out of fear, you replace that with something like giving a little extra in the offering on Sunday.
I say all this as someone who really struggles with distraction. My default distractions are busyness and accomplishment. God starts pushing me into areas that are too uncomfortable, and I immediately start making my to-do list of good deeds. I need to pray for these 3 people, give to those 2 people, and serve on one more team at church.It’s as if somehow I believe that these things will fix the internal imperfections that I don’t want to face by moving forward in what God has for me. It is easier to run around completing tasks than it is to stop and listen for God’s instruction.
But we are so blessed to have such a loving Father who is patient with us, and will continue to pursue us. Just like the mother in the earlier example who knocked on her son’s door, our God says to us, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV). God loves us, and He knows far better than we do what is best for us. He wants to see us flourish. He is not encouraging us to take uncomfortable steps in our lives so He can watch us struggle. In fact, He promises that He will take those steps with us, and that we don’t have to be afraid. Today all I am asking you to do is STOP! Put aside the distractions for a minute. Put away the cell phone, the laptop and whatever else has your attention. Lean into God, and listen long enough and intently enough for Him to direct your steps for the day.
“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me”– Psalm 81:8
Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!”– Luke 9:35
I don’t really have much to say today. But very precise and straight to the point.
According to uncle Paul, he says that if you and I want the good life, then we must keep our mind on good things.
Many believers want the good life, but they are passively sitting around wishing that something good would happen to them. Often, they are jealous of others who are living in victory and are resentful that their own lives are so different.
If you desire victory over your problems, if you truly want to live the resurrection life, you must have backbone and jot just wishbone! You must be active not passive. Right action begins with right thinking. Don’t be passive in your mind.
Do you ever question your value, or wonder why things in your life are happening? I can find myself asking God, “why me?,” and even viewing my circumstances and situations as construction zones. I make decisions but when I look up I see caution lights that make me question what I decided. It’s like my life is full of speed bumps, broken sidewalks and flashing lights that I should be paying attention to. It reminds me of the construction zones I see on the highway. Each event in our life serves a purpose; the good, the bad and the ugly are all shaping us. The good news is the price for each our lives is a price no one else can afford. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price, He knows our value. We are beautifully broken…
Broken, but Not Destroyed
Remember, we all have pains, people lie to us, others make us feel less important and possibly not valued. There is safety in realizing none of these things have destroyed us. We are conquers of our fears and are not supposed to feel guilty for our past. I can be vulnerable and admit I struggle with forgiving myself. I blame myself for damage and destruction I can see as my life. Flashing lights, orange cones, hazard signs and other warnings I failed to acknowledge in the past make up what I see as a damaged road.
“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey.
In the article A big, beautiful, broken mess reminds us that “…God doesn’t look at a mess and see it the way that we do.” Since we are humans we interpret brokenness as a negative characteristic. I find myself placing a ton of energy in regret and self-condemnation; focusing on broken parts instead of remembering Jesus died for my sins. He tells us“… it is finished”. This signifies His willingness to die for our sins, our struggles, our fears, and our inequities. My exterior can look broken, but my heart and worthiness belong to God. Therefore, what I see as a construction zone God see’s as a perfect canvas. I remind myself daily that the enemy will not win and has no control over my life. The desire he has to kill, steal and destroy are not going to overshadow God’s grace. “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”Acts 20:24
We Are Beautiful
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well.”Psalm 139:14
We are the image of Christ. Because of this we can live knowing that any faults we see in ourselves are not from Him. Hard times are not a stranger to most people. What we must keep in mind is that our brokenness does not mean destruction. Our pieces are in the hands of the most high and He holds the key to shaping us. We are strong and resilient as the result of broken times. Even if we feel broken, the broken pieces make each of us uniquely beautiful.
“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” ― Christine Caine. We are beautiful paintings, not construction zones.”
People often question if God cares. With everything that each of us go through in our lives, sometimes it seems like He isn’t even there. In my life I have been through seasons where I have felt this way. However, as I read through God’s word; I always find verses that reminds me that He is there for me. The verse I am sharing on this post today is one that has recently spoke to me on this topic and after studying it I really began noticing that God was helping me through the season I was in.
“Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand Humility is one of the most important keys in our relationship with God.James 4:6says that God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Without first acknowledging that we need God we may never give Him room to step in to act on our behalf. When we go through difficult seasons we need to humbly surrender to God instead of becoming pridefully closed off.
He may lift you up in due time Notice that this part of the verse says in due time. We always want to get out of difficult situations right away. However, some situations that happen in our lives are very important for us to go through.James 1:2-3says to consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. God can see the bigger picture that we often cannot see. We look at the one struggle that we are in and we want to be out of it immediately. God can look much further into our futures and see the benefit that will come from the struggle that we are in; we just need to trust that His timing will be better than ours.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you This last part of the verse is the most comforting part. No matter what we are going through, if we remember that when we start feeling anxious to just run to God, He will be there with open arms because He cares for each of us. John 3:16says for God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. God gave His son so He could have a closer relationship with each of us. God cares even when we may not feel Him there. Although there may be an important reason for a difficult situation to play our in our lives, if we run to God, He will still comfort us in the storm that we are facing. If you take one thing out of this post today, just remember that God cares for you more than you even know. He will be there in the good times and the bad, no matter how bad things get, no matter how far you turn from Him, He will always be there with open arms. I have seen this to be true in my life.
False Evidence Appearing Real, or Fear is running rampant through our world today. We have a fear of attacks from extreme religious groups, economic down fall, the ongoing presidential election, and not to mention the fears in our own little worlds. Do we have enough money to pay rent? Am I going to lose my job? Is my kid going to get bullied today in school? In my opinion, fear is the ultimate weapon of the enemy. He uses fear to keep us from tithing, speaking out in the name of Jesus, and it even keeps us from fully worshiping in church. To me that’s a sign that fear has snuck too far into our everyday lives if we are afraid what people will think of us if we raise a hand during a worship song in church.
Fear by itself isn’t conducive to our spiritual walk with the Lord. But when fear is mixed with other godly virtues we create a healthy dose of fear that motivates us to draw closer to him. Let’s start by looking at what Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said about fear;
Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Here we have fear mixed with humility and faith. We have faith that there is a higher being than us (God) and humility to understand that he is in control and all knowing. It’s just like in school; when we realized or understood that the teacher in class knew more about a subject than we did we were more likely to come to them for help. God works in the same way. He not only created everything in and around us, but he also lived with us. God fully understands everything we go through and yearns for us to turn to him for understanding and wisdom.
Philippians 2:12 – “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”
Fear mixed with the reverence of God can be a great motivator. Never cease seeking the Lord and his word for we do not know the day or hour which God will come back. What a glorious day that will be which I don’t want to miss, and I don’t want you to either! When we have a healthy balance of faith, humility, reverence, etc.… with fear we are able to see the change God wants to make in us. Whether that’s asking for forgiveness for a sin(s), changing an attitude or lifestyle, or becoming more consistent in our spiritual disciplines. The fear of the Lord should motivate us as Christians and not paralyze us or cause us to stay as we are. If the fear in your life is not motiving you to draw closer to him, then it is not from God. Rebuke that fear in the name and blood of Jesus Christ and break the hold fear has on you.
Dear Father, please show me the areas of my life that need changed. Use a healthy dose of fear to motivate me to change. I want to give you everything I have and I can’t do that without you. You have my heart and I am yours forever. You are my strength, my rock, and the one I hold onto. You hold everything in the palm of your hand but yet you still make time for me. How beautiful is your unfailing love and how blessed I am to call you mine. Thank you father. Amen!
Have you ever heard the following phrase used to positively describe someone:
“He/she is so down to earth.”
The connotation that is usually associated with this phrase is that the person being described is easy to relate to, easy to get along with and doesn’t make others uncomfortable.
As I read about the life of Jesus Christ, I often find myself asking, would people describe Him today as “down to earth”? In one sense, it is obvious that Jesus was easy to relate to, that he met people where they were, and that people longed to be around Him. In this sense, I guess He could be described as “down to earth”. He could relate to and empathize with our humanity. At the same time, His very presence convicted people of their sin and sent them to their knees in repentance. He didn’t affirm their sin and make them comfortable with it. The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is such a good example of this. Just by simply conversing with her, Jesus was saying, “I love you, I care about you, and I do not condemn you.” But within a few moments of their discussion, all of her sins were laid out in the open. I would also point out that Jesus’ response to sin and brokenness was anything but “down to earth”. It was was completely heavenly minded. He didn’t respond to physical ailments with a candid, “I am so sorry that you are not feeling well.” On the contrary, He said things like, “Take up your mat and walk,” or “Your faith has healed you.” When faced with death, Jesus responded with things like “She is not dead, she is only sleeping,” and “His sickness will not end in death.” These responses didn’t make everyone comfortable and content all around Him. Those miracles either had people leaping for joy in awe and amazement, or they made people so angry that they wanted to kill Him. In this sense, I am not sure that anyone in His day would have described Jesus as down to earth, but would probably have been more likely to describe Him as “Out of the world.” So what does this mean for us as followers of Christ? A speaker that I often listen to named Todd White puts it like this, “We cannot be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good, but we should be so heavenly minded that we are earthly incredible.” To simplify that a bit, we should be “down to earth” in the way that we connect with people. As followers of Christ, we are not better than anyone by any means. In fact, our declaration of faith is that we are just as lost and broken as every other human being that has ever walked the earth. Our testimony is so powerful, because it is a reminder of where He rescued us from, and it enables us to empathize with others and meet them where they are. However, our response to their brokenness should be nothing short of “out of this world”. When people open up to us about their struggles, the sins, or their physical ailments, our response should make their jaw drop. It should not be like the candid responses they are used to that affirm their sin or offer unauthentic sympathy to their pain. Our response to these things should immediately point them to our loving Father in Heaven. What if our response to sin was a declaration of boundless grace and forgiveness? What if our response to the physical pain of others was a declaration of faith that legitimately believed for physical healing?
We are the sweet aroma of Christ to those who our perishing and to those who are being saved. Yes, we are in this world, but when we give our lives to Christ our spirit takes up residence in a glorious and powerful kingdom that is not of this world. We operate in this world as ambassadors for Christ, but it isn’t our worldliness that draws people to Him, it is our Kingdom response. That Kingdom response may be met with exuberant joy, or it may be met with anger and rage. Either way, it will point people to our King.
As you seek to pursue Christ today, remember your humanity. Be “down to earth” as you connect with people and relate to their struggles. At the same time, remember that you are a son of the most high God! You are earthly incredible, and you are the sweet aroma of Christ to everyone that you encounter. Let your response to brokenness and pain be chalked full of faith, hope, joy and love! Our ultimate goal isn’t to blend in and be described as down to earth, but for Jesus to stand out and for His love to be exalted as supernaturally out of this world!
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Ever wonder how to be a good leader? Do you look at people in your life and think that they are good leaders and you would follow them wherever they go?
When sharing with friends and family about my job and the people I work for I have worked beneath a great leader for the majority of the time I have been in my job. His performance in his job is obvious, but the reason I would follow him and continue to trust where he is leading me is one simple reason…Love. The man loves his employees and truly cares for them. But what I have seen and respect more than anything else is that he loves his family more than anything else in the world. THAT is someone I can get behind.
LOVEis the driving factor behind leadership, and one of the greatest leaders in the bible knew this well…Paul. Look how he asked Philemon to do something in his letter to him.
“Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.” Philemon 1:8-9
Paul knew that he was well respected and was an elder in the eyes of Philemon. He knew that realistically he could have told Philemon what to do (as an order) and Philemon would have more than likely done it out of respect.
But Paul didn’t order him to do it, he simply asked out of love. True leadership comes from love, not orders.
Just a couple of verses earlier, Paul compliments Philemon on the love he has shown to others.
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” Philemon 1:7
If you have such love for others that you are refreshing the hearts of others, then you will undoubtedly have people wanting to follow you. This is not easy to do. I’m guessing that you can think of a handful of people right now that you don’t exactly feel like loving at the moment. But that’s the challenge and encouragement to you today. A song by TobyMac says “I was made to love, and be loved by You” and that’s exactly right.
We were created in His image and built to love God as well as everyone we come in contact with on this earth.
Every human being goes through seasons of struggling in their lives; it is something that we all have in common. Difficult times will look different for each of us. We are all in 1 of these 3 categories: In a difficult season, about to be in one, or just coming out of one. Super negative, right? From the world’s perspective, it sure is! But what about God’s perspective?
In my early twenties, my tendency was to give up and go a different direction when a difficult situation would present itself. When there was a ‘struggle’ I’d search for another way. However, as I grew in my relationship with God, I learned to persevere through these times of difficulty. Once I started persevering and refusing to just give up, I realized that I experience the growth in my life during my struggles. You cannot get where you need to be without going through the trials of today.
God has taught me over the last few years that my struggles are not roadblocks, they are actually landmarks. These struggles are things that I need to face in order to become who I am supposed to be in Him. Once I really started to understand that the struggles were a necessity for growth, two things happened:
1. I found myself deciding that I had to face them head on and remain positive in doing so. 2. After the victory, I found myself saying things like this: “That was the moment when change and growth started. That is what taught me the skills I needed in order to be where I am today.”
Since this principle has become part of who I am, I have grown so much! God has started using me to help others who are going through similar situations. All of this is possible only because instead of just giving up or turning a different direction, I trusted God and stayed faithful to Him. I continued to walk the way that He has called me to walk during those seasons.R
My perspective on difficult situations has been forever changed! I can’t begin to explain the amount of growth that I have experienced because of this.
I write this post today not to boast about being able to get through difficult situations, but instead to encourage you to do the same; press on! Start viewing struggling as a landmark, not a roadblock! James 1:2-4 has been a foundational verse for me on this topic:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
I encourage you today, no matter what you are struggling with, remember that it truly is a landmark, one day you will look back and say: “That was the situation that God used to grow me.” Pray for God to give you the grace to persevere through whatever it is that you may be going through. Remember that He loves and cares for you and will help you as long as you remain faithful to Him.
Struggling is a landmark, not a roadblock. Press on through the time of testing and gain the testimony that will enable you to help others in the future!
When you break generosity down to its raw form, it’s made up of two parties: one with surplus and the other with need. And the decision to be generous is a form of love.
In 2015, I decided I wouldn’t wait until I was “wealthy” to start giving. Generosity was a journey I desired to embark on now.
I believed generosity was less like an arrow and more like a boomerang. It always comes back to you.
But my giving at the time consisted of whatever I have in my pocket to give to the beggars around. Later I graduated to having a percentage of my per month income to give to the needy. Which was great! It was a solid starting point and it helped form the perspective on money that I needed at that time in my life.
But eventually, I began feeling small. Almost like my contribution wasn’t truly making a difference. At the time, my income wasn’t high and I just couldn’t afford to pay off debt, survive in Abuja, and give 5%-10% to a cause that I cared about.
But then I realized generosity is rarely about money.
It’s about time. It’s about friendship. It’s about opportunities, introductions, and bro-deals. And sure, it was about money too. So here’s what I did:
1. I Created a Time Account
Over the next few years, I created not only a giving account at my bank, but a time account on my computer. I decided I would donate 4 hours per month helping people do things like move their house, design a business card, or just give them a friendly introduction to an important contact.
2. I Paid For Dinner
This is my favorite way to give. For such a small cost it seems to create a huge sense of gratitude. It might be because the cost of dinner is a real necessity. We go into our meal believing we will be covering our portion of the tab and then, BAM! Someone picks up the check… and a rush of financial relief floods in. What a gift. Next time you’re at dinner with a friend, pick up the tab. I promise your kindness will be returned.
3. I Gave More Effectively Than Anyone Else
I believe every human life is worth exactly the same. This means the child who needs to eat in Nigeria is just as valuable as the man who needs money to fund his ALS treatment in America. What this also means is your generosity toward either of these individuals is equal. But the cost… is drastically different. It may only take N10,000 to feed a child in Nigeria for a month while $5 wouldn’t even dent a fraction of ALS treatment in America. I call this effective self- denial. I began looking for charities where my money had an impact somewhere else in the world. For example, for $10 you can provide someone clean water for 10 years with Living Water International. Or for $7 you can provide life-saving vaccinations to a child for 10 years with End 7. Also you can give to Joyce Meyer Ministries doing great to humanity. It was charities like these that made me realize that generosity, even in its smallest form, can still be significant.
The question is, will you join me? Not that I earn a lot or i boast am the best giver in the world, but we can always do better and put others in need to whatever need we have.
Do you give to anyone? Do you support a cause or maybe your church? What’s stopped you in the pas? Let me know in the comments below…
So I was surfing the net today and stumbled on something I remembered writing about on leadership. Figured I would utilize them and hopefully, they will be helpful in some regard.
There was a time I was listening to one of the prominent speakers in Nigeria, Prince Bukunmi Olateru, and he was speaking on a number of different things. But he had a section on Leadership that really caught my attention. He brought up a few points and themed it “Leadership without Leverage.” He spoke about how a good leader is someone who doesn’t expect anything in return and is truly a servant leader (no leverage). The main points on leadership are as follows;
Take People Where they Couldn’t Go on Their Own
Rally People Towards a Better Future
Galvanize People to Want to Do What Must Be Done
Lead from a Position of Inspiration – not Obligation
So, while I would highly encourage you to use these throughout your life; spiritual, personal and work, I wanted to talk through these and relate them back to God and how He calls us to live our lives.
Take People Where they Couldn’t Go on Their Own.
God calls us to “go out and make disciples” in Matthew 28:19. I truly believe that God knew early on that there would be more than just one human being on this planet. He knew as we have figured out that we were not meant to be alone, and we couldn’t do much of anything on our own. He calls us to spread the love of Christ to everyone we know and shares the Gospel with those who may not have heard it. How can we expect someone to come to know Jesus if no one ever tells them about Him?
Rally People Towards a Better Future
I couldn’t help but think of church here. Rallying people is what Jesus did with the disciples (Matthew 4) and what they did when Jesus sent them out (Matthew 10). We are meant to be in community, so really those you know and have that Godly community that we should all desire. If you know God, then you know He has the ability to give a better future, so why not share it with others and rally!
Galvanize People to Want to Do What Must Be Done
Christianity is not meant to be boring or something you “have to do.” Its meant to be exciting, so talk about it that way! I think about this one in terms of serving and getting others to serve alongside you. I see a lot of people ask people to serve in the church in a sort of apologetic tone. But it should be the exact opposite. Your excitement is contagious and all you have to do is share that with others and they will more than likely want to follow your lead. Share what God has done in your life through serving and what it has meant to you. Don’t beg others, just share the truth with them and allow God to do the work!
Lead from a Position of Inspiration – Not Obligation
God has put you in the position you are in, whether in church, in work, or at home because He believes you are the best person for that position. Once you truly believe that you should be inspired to lead with confidence and boldness in all you are doing. And living in a way that is glorifying to God because He trusts you where you are. Don’t feel obligated to God, He doesn’t ask for anything in return for saving us. All he asks for is faith and love in Him. Pretty good deal if you ask me.
So look through these and then step back to see what areas of your life God has you as a leader. He wants you to lead well, and these are great things to look in order to do that.
Am sure this is not the first time you have come across this topic.
In an analysis of the members of the Forbes 400, the 400 richest men and women in the world today, researchers found that a person who dropped out of high school and who made it into the Forbes 400 was worth, on average, $1.2 Billion more than those who had completed college or university.
There are a record 2,208 billionaires in the world, according to Forbes’ 2018 rich list
The reason I mention this is because many people feel that if they didn’t get good grades in school they are permanently limited in what they can accomplish later in life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the wealthiest, most successful men and women in the world, did poorly in school.
Remember the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” and the answer, “One bite at a time.” This is the same way that you become absolutely excellent at what you do. You move to the top one step, one skill, one small improvement at a time.
So what is your opinion on this topic today. Is having an education essential to success?
Have you ever observed people or yourself feeling taunted by social norms?
I’ve noticed the history of this for myself, spanning back to childhood, and I’ve noticed it time and time again for others I encounter in my work, where people have fallen into the hole of comparing themselves to others and comparing themselves to socially accepted norms and measures of ‘success’. Granted, it’s a pretty darn big hole, so actually, it’s not that hard to fall into! When I’ve witnessed this Comparison Conundrum as I like to call it, it’s like hearing a cry echoing from deep within the hole, which sounds a bit like this:
Everyone else is married now, and I’m not. Something’s wrong.
Everyone else is buying houses now, I guess I should too.
I’ve got this job but it’s not really a career like other people have.
They’ve found their passion, I still don’t know what mine is.
I’m falling behind.
I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.
I want to ‘switch lanes’ in life but I don’t want to go backward. It’s too risky.
They are successful and did it that way; I should do it that way too.
They are thinner/more attractive/more fashionable/more successful/braver/stronger than me. I’m not enough. I’ll never be enough.
I’m not capable like them, I guess I’m just not destined to have a life like them.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This hole is so easy to fall into because often we’re invited into the hole, with our mind reinforcing that we’re falling behind via negative thoughts, supported by well-meaning people telling us that we should do this and that. So, of course, we’d then end up in the hole when everything points that way. Our mind reinforces what we see and hear, telling us it is true and if only we could figure out what we need to be and do in order to be like everyone else, then everything would be fine, right?
Except, you’re not everyone else. You’re you. No one is like you. No one. You make your own decisions about what you need and want, and when it feels good to you. If you want a house right now, buy one. If you don’t, don’t. If you want to travel, travel. If you want a big career, have it. If you want to do volunteer work, do it. If you want to be single, be single. If you want kids, have them. If you don’t, don’t. Do what feels good to you, not what others tell you that you should feel good about. And when I say others, I primarily include in that all the advertising, all the propaganda and all the mass media messaging we see day to day that conditions us in a way that we don’t even consciously realize. Start listening to the one thing you can trust – your soul. Your soul is your true self, below any rampant negative thoughts that are leading you astray.
And you might say, “I can’t hear my soul. I don’t know what it’s telling me!”
To which I would suggest that you be still and quiet as often as possible. Listen without fear of what rises up from within you. You do know what you want and need. You do know what makes you feel good. And, let your signals guide you home.
Listening to the advice of others, proffered from their own paradigm, will never triumph over your inner knowing and divine guidance.
Do you compare yourself to others?
Do you compare your situation and status to that of others?
What prompts you to do that?
How does that make you feel?
If you’re feeling sad, alone, disconnected, lacking, not enough or plain old exhausted from it, then give it up. Chose to let it go and be open to exploring who you are and what is important and meaningful to the real you – that is, you below any negative thoughts, and conditioning and any fear. We all have negative thoughts, we have all been conditioned and we all have fear. If you are alive, then you have experienced all of this, it is impossible not to. But now you are awake, and you have the choice to either be defined by these things or to break free.
Being someone you are not, in an attempt to live up to social norms, means that signals will eventually intervene to help you. As Marianne Williamson says, “The universe is self-organising and self-correcting”. If you are not aligned to who you really are, your true self, the natural order of the world in which we live will eventually assist you to see this. Intervening signals are not always pleasant, but they are signposts to help us head in a new, better, healthier, more beneficial direction. When things in your life ‘turn to custard’, it could well be because you are not in your flow, you might have accidentally swum into someone else’s flow. So, get out of their river and get in your own
Here is my final word on this subject, and when I say it to you, know that whatever I write is really a message to myself as much as it is to you. For in saying it to you I am reminding us both:
NEVER compare yourself to others. EVER.
NEVER try to be someone else. EVER.
You were born extraordinary and unique.
Any time you compare yourself to others, trying to be something else or like someone else, you deny the beautiful individuality that you were gifted when your soul chose to come into this life.
Create your own norms in life. The norms of society have no bearing on you unless you choose them. At all times, be yourself. There is nothing more magical, perfect and beautiful than you being you.